Bava Kama

No Reciprocity: Bava Kamma 37

July 18, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  “The ox of a Jew who gores the ox belonging to the Temple or the ox of the Temple that gores the ox of the Jew they are exempt from payment as the verse says ‘shor re’eihu’, the ox of your neighbour.” (Bava Kamma 37b) This is a rather perplexing law and it may be the reason the Mishna brings a proof text for this law, something we rarely see in the Mishna. Absent this proof text one would have...
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A Shabbat Ox: Bava Kamma 37

July 11, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  Correlation does not imply causation - though it may be just that. It is not always easy to distinguish between two events that, while occurring simultaneously are in fact unrelated and those where one is the direct cause of the other. It is quite clear that the "super bowl indicator" where one can "predict" the direction of the stock market based on which conference the Super Bowl winning team came from is but a...
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Bava Kamma 32: Running Late on Friday

July 08, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
Slow down. Such would be good advice for those trying to navigate a busy street. Running down the street in any major urban area is not recommended unless one literally enjoys bumping into people. And one who does enjoy such would be responsible for damages he caused.    While such seems simple enough this is actually a matter of Tannaitic dispute. “Two people who were in a public thoroughfare, one walking and one running or...
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Bava Kamma 27: Watch Your Step

July 05, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  In our previous posts we discussed the difference between an ox classified as a tam, a domesticated animal who is not at risk of attacking others and a muad an animal that has a history of attacking others. Such a classification exists only by animals. Regarding humans no such distinction exists because humans are always classified as muad whether "by accident, intentionally,...
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Bava Kamma 24: Minor Damages

July 03, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
“The victim and the perpetrator share in the [payment] of damages.” (Bava Kamma 14b) Being a victim of an accident is never pleasant even if one is fully compensated for any losses. One can never repay the time, upset and stress such causes. And almost always one is not fully compensated neither for actual losses and surely not for the time spend dealing with the fallout. This is unavoidable and a situation the halacha...
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