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Valid Interest Loan Witness?! – Gefet with Rabbanit Yael Shimoni

Gefet:聽Gemara, Perushim and Tosfot

An in-depth (Iyun) Gemara shiur with Rabbanit Yael Shimoni and Shalhevet Schwartz (Episode 79)

Are witnesses who testified about a loan with interest considered valid?

The Mishnah at the end of the perek clarifies that witnesses violate the lav of “lo tesimun alav neshech”, and Tosafot explains that sometimes they also violate the prohibition of “lifnei iver”. In light of our sugya, it’s difficult to understand how the gemara on Daf 72 says that a document attesting to a loan with interest is considered valid. How could it be that it’s a valid document if the witnesses are violating halakha, and those who violate halakha are invalid witnesses?! Tosafot offers a fascinating solution to this problem — join us for a deep time as we approach the end of the perek.

Bava Metzia 72 75

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

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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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