Is It Trespass? ‘Reuven Didn't Benefit And Shimon Didn't Lose’ (Bava Kamma 20a)
What is the nature of chetzi nezek? Is it compensation or is it a fine?
"I can't stop you from using the whole apartment," reasoned Moshe. "But if you're making money on it, I'm still a partner and entitled to half the amount!"
Limited Liability ‘It Excludes An Ox That Gored…’ (Baba Kamma 13b)
In the case of a loan, witnesses are not required to make the loan transaction legally effective. The loan can be legally effective without them.
Is It A Penalty? ‘Why Not Deal With False Evidence?’ (Bava Kamma 5a)
Mr. Abrams turned to Rabbi Dayan: "Whom should I honor with the bris?" he asked.
A Ruling Too Novel? ‘One Who Ate Nevelah On Yom Kippur Is Exempt’ (Kiddushin 77b)
"That happens," said Shaindy. "We're always breaking dishes in my house, too."
"I'm sure that if Maimonides, or Rabbi Yosef Karo lived today, they would say: We never wrote our codifications for a time when the State of Israel would be established."
In Spite Of The Consequences ‘There Is Birtha di’Satya In Babylon’ (Kiddushin 72a)
"Do you really think it's theirs?" asked Shlomie. "They're only kids."
"I'll deal with Levi later," said Reuven. "I'll explain to him that my brother needs it."
The Recanted Testimony ‘A Solitary Witness Said To Him’ (Kiddushin 65b)
The parents, by straining the tolerance of their children to the breaking point, pushed them to the brink of disrespect.
The 'Mouse' that roars...
You Are That Man! ‘A Poor Man Looking For A Griddlecake…’ (Kiddushin 59a)
When performing the duties of kibbud av va'aim in front of one’s parents, one should do so with a smile, not begrudgingly.
The Snatched Zuz ‘None Pay Regard To R. Shimon’s Dictum …’ (Kiddushin 52b)
"But doesn't a person's property acquire for him, even without his awareness?" asked Mr. Laufer. "Since the chametz is sitting in my house, wouldn't I acquire it automatically?"
The first and perhaps broadest permitted category is known as “Tzorach HaMoed,” meaning work that enhances the joy of Chol HaMoed.
Jews of the exile cannot truly understand Passover, a festival of national faith, of a free people returning from exile to their home.
Polite And Respectful ‘It Is Audacious To Appoint One’s Father A Shliacht’ (Kiddushin 45b)
Since this action is for the other person's clear benefit, you are considered a 'self-appointed' agent.
A Year And A Day ‘Hashem...Completes The Years Of The Righteous’ (Kiddushin 38a)