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Bava Metzia

Bava Metzia 17

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 13, 2016 | י״א בתשרי תשע״ז

Shmuel and Rabbi Yochanan debate whether if we find a document in the street that was either ratified by the court or was a shtar hakna’a (in which the land is automatically liened from the date of the document regardless of whether the loan happened or not), can we assume that it was not yet paid…

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Bava Metzia 18

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 14, 2016 | י״ב בתשרי תשע״ז

The gemara rejects Abaye’s support of Rabbi Yochanan’s statement that was derived from the mishna in Gitin that one cannot claim that a maaseh beit din was already paid – even if the person doesn’t provide documentation.  His support was based on the fact that an engaged woman whose husband dies can demand her ketuba…

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Bava Metzia 20

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 16, 2016 | י״ד בתשרי תשע״ז

More cases are brought of lost documents that are found and whether or not they can be returned.

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Bava Metzia 22

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 18, 2016 | ט״ז בתשרי תשע״ז

Rava and Abaye have a disagreement about when one picks up a lost item without any identifiable features, if the owner has not yet despaired of the item (because he doesn’t even know he lost it), can we assume that since he will despair when he realizes it’s lost, the finder can acquire the item…

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Bava Metzia 23

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 19, 2016 | י״ז בתשרי תשע״ז

Different tannaitic sources including our mishna and the next mishna are brought by the amoraim to try to establish general principles regarding what can be considered an identifyingsiman by which a lost item needs to be returned to its owner. The amoraim also debate various categories such as location, number of items, if it can be…

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Bava Metzia 24

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 20, 2016 | י״ח בתשרי תשע״ז

Certain exceptions are brought – one relating to a talmid chacham who is not known to be dishonest.  He can get a lost item back by merely identifying it by sight.  Another exception is that even though in a situation where the owner definitely despaired, if he realizes you found it, while there is no…

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Bava Metzia 25

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 21, 2016 | י״ט בתשרי תשע״ז

The mishna lists various items that one needs to announce if he finds them.  The gemara proceeds to explain some of the cases and in what way they need to be found, .i.e fruits in a basket but not next to the basket, money in a particular formation.  Some contradictory sources are brought and explanations are…

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Bava Metzia 27

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 22, 2016 | כ׳ בתשרי תשע״ז

In a store or at a money changer, the location of where the item is found will determine if it clearly belongs to the owner or if it can be taken by the finder.  Various drashot are made from the items mentioned in the verses relating to lost items that need to be returned.  A…

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Bava Metzia 29

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 25, 2016 | כ״ג בתשרי תשע״ז

What is a person’s level of responsibility toward the lost item once it is in his possession?  He needs to feed an animal, air out parchment, etc.  But if the animal is not producing enough to pay for its food, the owner should sell the animal.  Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi Akiva debate whether this money…

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Bava Metzia 30

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 26, 2016 | כ״ד בתשרי תשע״ז

According to the mishna one can stretch out a cloth for its own sake (if it needs airing out) but not for the finder’s use.  What if he does it for both at the same time?  The gemara brings various sources to try to answer the question but each is rejected.  Various types of utensils…

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