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Gefet: Finders Keepers? The Importance of the First Moment

Gefet: Gemara, Perushim and Tosfot

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

If I find a coat out on the sidewalk and try to return it to its rightful owner, do I have to keep it in my home until Eliyahu comes, even if it’s clear that its owner has given up on it? According to the Ramban in our sugya, the answer to that question is “yes.” Why would the Ramban think so? And why would our sugya refer to a good man, someone who is trying to return lost objects, as though he picked up the object illegally? What does Tosafot think? What do we聽conclude聽l’halakhah? This week, we聽will answer all of these questions except for the final one. Next week,聽bli neder, we will also discuss the聽halakhah. Join us to familiarize yourself with a fascinating classic discussion and debate among the聽Rishonim聽on our Daf.

Bava Metzia 21

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Rabbanit Yael Shimoni

Rabbanit Yael Shimoni is the Ramit and Deputy Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivat Drisha in Kfar Etzion. Rabbanit Shimoni has learned at Migdal Oz, Matan, and the Susi Bradfield Women鈥檚 Institute for Halakhic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and a BEd in Torah Shebe鈥檃l Peh and Jewish Thought from Herzog College. She is currently studying towards an MA in Jewish Thought Education at Herzog College. Rabbanit Shimoni taught gemara and halakha at Pelech High School and served as a ramit for shana bet at Migdal Oz. She directs Meshivat Nefesh, the online responsa program of the rabbaniyot of Beit Hillel. She is also a plastic artist and member of 鈥淎 Studio of Her Own.
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