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Bava Metzia

Bava Metzia 31

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 27, 2016 | כ״ה בתשרי תשע״ז

If you find an animal wandering, how do you determine if an animal is lost or if it is just wandering and the owner is aware that is has wandered?  Various drashot are brought regarding places in the Torah where a double language is used and what can be derived from there.

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Bava Metzia 32

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 28, 2016 | כ״ו בתשרי תשע״ז

If one loses money from his work by taking a lost item, how do we determine what compensation he receives from the owner?  According to the mishna, if he wants to get his full salary, he needs stipulate that in front of three men.  A story is brought about a different case where there was…

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Bava Metzia 34

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 30, 2016 | כ״ח בתשרי תשע״ז

A shomer who can be exempt from payment and decides to pay anyway, acquires rights to the double payment (or the 4 or 5 payment for an animal that the robber slaughtered and sold) in the event that the robber is caught down the road.  The gemara discusses how this mechanism works if it mean…

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Bava Metzia 35

By Michelle Cohen Farber / October 31, 2016 | כ״ט בתשרי תשע״ז

Rav Huna holds that the one who claims the item was lost of stolen, must swear that the item is no longer in his possession.  The gemara raises a contradiction from a braita and 4 answers are given (one is rejected).  A case is brought where one claimed jewels were lost and they took a…

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Bava Metzia 36

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 1, 2016 | ל׳ בתשרי תשע״ז

Some unique cases are brought where the owner rentout out an animal and subsequently borrowed it for part of the time and then rented out for part of the time and then borrowed it again for part of the time.  If the animal dies during the borrowing period, one can be obligated to pay 3…

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Bava Metzia 37

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 2, 2016 | א׳ במרחשוון תשע״ז

Is Rabbi Yossi’s opinion that one can’t make money off someone else’s item, also what he holds in the first mishna regarding the shomer who pays for the item and acquires the double payment in the event the robber is found?  The next mishna raises cases regarding doublts about who money was stolen from or…

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Bava Metzia 38

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 3, 2016 | ב׳ במרחשוון תשע״ז

If one is watching an item and it begins to rot, should he sell it or does he need to leave it as is and return in whatever condition it is?  Is there a difference if the item has totally rotted?  What if it is wine that turned to vinegar or honey or oil that…

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Bava Metzia 39

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 4, 2016 | ג׳ במרחשוון תשע״ז

Further discussions revolving around the issue of someone who abandons their land.  Can a relative take charge of his property?  It depends on is the relative a minor, is the person who abandoned the property a minor?  For what reason did they leave?  And various other factors.

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Bava Metzia 41

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 6, 2016 | ה׳ במרחשוון תשע״ז

If one moves a barrel that one is supposed to watch and it broke, the mishna depends the halacha upon why it was moved (for the sake of the item or for the shomer’s use of the item) and at what point it broke (while in the shomer’s hand or after it was returned) and…

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Bava Metzia 42

By Michelle Cohen Farber / November 7, 2016 | ו׳ במרחשוון תשע״ז

What level of shmira is needed for various items?  How did people watch money?  How did that change over time, according to the amoraim?  Various cases are brought which relate to cases with different issues – tchilato b’pshia v’sofo b’ones, a shomer that gives to someone else to watch, one who wasn’t clear about his…

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