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Kiddushin 42: When Is an Agent Not an Agent? (For Sin)

How do we know shelichut (appointing an agent) works, with some pushback as to whether it should work at all. Plus, the idea of benefitting another person, and whether action taken on another’s behalf is necessarily shelichut. Also, who is responsible for damages in the process of shelichut – the agent or the one who appoints an agent? Note the important principle that there’s no agent for a sin, because the agent himself needs to heed God’s instructions over and above those of the person who would appoint the shaliach.

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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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