Bava Kama

Baa Baa Black Sheep: Bava Kamma 80

August 23, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the beautiful features of the Land of Israel is its wide-ranging topography. The lowest point on earth some 1,300 feet below sea level is mere miles from the hills of Jerusalem some 2,500 feet above sea level. Mountain ranges, desert, lush farmland, great gorges, hills and flatlands are in close proximity to each other - even within walking distance. When one adds in the tiny geographical size of Israel such is all the more remarkable -...
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Man and G-d: Bava Kamma 79

August 21, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  “The disciples of Rav Yochanan ben Zakkai asked him ‘why was the Torah stricter regarding a ganav, thief than a gazlan, robber?’” (Bava Kamma 79b)    The Torah distinguishes between a ganav, one who steals clandestinely, and a gazlan who steals out in the open, say at gunpoint. The former must pay kefel, double the amount...
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Talking too Much: Bava Kamma 72

August 17, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  “Al pi [1], according to the testimony of two or three shall something be established.” (Devarim 19:15) With so much power given to the word of witnesses Jewish law does not take kindly to those whose word cannot be trusted. This includes not only known liars, cheats and thieves but even those who we fear may not, to use modern parlance, “tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth....
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It's Almost Chanukah: Bava Kamma 62b

August 10, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
While there are 613 categories of mitzvoth they are not all created equal. Saving a life is more important than observing Shabbat, Shabbat is more important than keeping kosher and kashrut in turn is more important than shaking a lulav. Generally it is more important not to violate a negative command than to observe a positive one[1]and the observance of biblical commands takes precedence over those of a rabbinic nature, which are more important...
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Fire! Bava Kamma 62

August 09, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  One of the greatest causes of damage to public property is that of fire. Forest fires cause damage to millions of acres of every year and we in Canada were recently witness to the severe damages caused to Fort McMurray by an out of control fire. Thankfully, modern building and firefighting techniques have greatly reduced "residential" fire damage and injury. Yet in rural areas the risks of fire damage are much greater....
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