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The Issur of Interest: Is It Only Monetary? – Gefet

Gefet: Gemara, Perushim and Tosfot

An in-depth (Iyun) Gemara shiur with Rabbanit Yael Shimoni and Shalhevet Schwartz (Episode 78)

The prohibition of borrowing and lending money with interest clearly applies to both cash payments and property — but does it extend to favors as well, even those that have no clear monetary consequences? Today, through this question, we will deepen our understanding of the interest prohibition and the sort of society it is trying聽to聽create.

Bava Metzia 64

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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