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Can I Change my Mind? Defining G’mar Din – Gefet

Gefet: Gemara, Perushim and Tosfot

An in-depth (Iyun) Gemara shiur with Rabbanit Yael Shimoni and Shalhevet Schwartz

This week, we will address the question of when a litigant can take back voluntary commitments that he took upon himself in beit din. In general, beit din is a place where judges act coercively, but sometimes a litigant is willing to take on commitments beyond those of the black letter law — in such cases, do those litigants have the option to back out?


Bava Metzia 34

Gefet with Rabbanit Yael Shimoni and Shalhevet Schwartz is in collaboration with Yeshivat Drisha

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Shalhevet Schwartz

Shalhevet Schwartz studies at Yeshivat Drisha in Kfar Etzion. She also works as an Editorial Associate at Sefaria. Before arriving at Drisha, Shalhevet served as a Research and Program Coordinator at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she focused on supporting the work of the Kogod Research Center, the Institute鈥檚 think tank. She received her BA from Yale University, where she graduated in 2021 with a degree in philosophy, and has also learned at Migdal Oz. Shalhevet has spent several summers working in experiential Jewish education at Camp Stone, most recently in the roles of Rosh Moshava (Head Counselor) and Rosh Beit Midrash, and last year taught a weekly Gemara shiur at Columbia University Hillel.
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