Bava Kama

Miriam and the Goring Ox: Bava Kamma 24

June 27, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One would not expect to connect Miriam’s speaking negatively against Moshe, read (at least in the Diaspora) this past Shabbat, with the laws of a goring ox. When studying the story of Miriam we tend to focus, as we should, on the nature of lashon hara, her tragic punishment, the role of Aaron and who exactly was this Cushite woman who Moshe took. But it is her punishment that is of major significance well beyond the story...
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Bava Kamma 8: This Law is Not For Me

June 26, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
One of the basic differences between the religious and civil laws of the Torah is while the former are mandatory the latter are not necessarily so. Couples who marry may not jointly agree to ignore the laws of kashrut, whereas two people can agree to “make a [monetary] condition against the laws of the Torah.” While the Torah requires a worker be paid daily an employee can agree to being paid monthly. Or, to cite another example,...
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A Goring Ox: Bava Kamma 4

June 09, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
  Arba avot nezikin, there are four primary categories of damages, the ox, the pit, the man and fire." (Bava Kamman 2a) As  avot nezikin "their way is to cause damage" and if and when they cause damage the owner must pay the full amount of the damages. In cases where the damage is unexpected, for example a goring ox, or for a more modern example a biting dog, the owner pays only half damages...
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I Love Animals: Bava Kamma 2

June 04, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
   "There are four primary categories of damages - the ox, the pit, the man and the fire...the common denominator of them is that their way is to cause damage, the duty to guard them is upon you and when they cause damage, the one who causes damage is obligated to pay from the best of his land.” (Bava Kamma 2a)   One of the fundamental and innovative teachings of the Torah is that “...
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Some Opening Thoughts on Seder Nezikin

June 02, 2016 By: Rabbi Jay Kelman
"One who wants to sharpen his mind should involve himself in monetary law as there is no section of the Torah larger than them; they are like an ever flowing spring." (Bava Batra 10:8)   The daf yomi cycle has arrived at seder nezikin, the fourth of the six orders of the Mishna. It is with seder nezikin dealing with monetary law in all its manifestations where students have...
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