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Revelation And Shavuot

9 Sivan 5777 – June 2, 2017
There can be no experience so unequivocal and obvious as to conclusively prove the existence of God or the divine origin of His Torah.

Daf Yomi

A Dramatic Change ‘Where His Son Traveled Overseas….’ (Bava Basra 132a)

‘He Who Cannot Swear Must Pay’ Does Not Apply To The Debtor’s Heirs...

The court is concerned the plaintiff might be exploiting the heir’s ignorance of his father’s business affairs and is trying to get paid a second time.

Controversial Ruling

1 Sivan 5777 – May 25, 2017
However, if the renter has a definitive claim (ba'ree), as in our case, he is in possession since he holds the money.

Daf Yomi

Who’s On First? ‘Who Is Considered A First Born?’ (Bava Basra 126b)

Giving With A Warm Hand (Bava Batra 126b)

The identity of the heirs and their order of succession cannot be changed by testamentary disposition in a will.

‘He Who Cannot Swear Must Pay’ Does Not Apply To Devolved Oaths (Siman 75:15)

The Torah does not impose an oath on a defendant in a dispute involving land, servants, or promissory notes.

Drinks Over Which To Make Kiddush (Bava Batra 95a)

24 Iyyar 5777 – May 19, 2017
Havdalah, according to most opinions, is of rabbinic origin. Accordingly, the rabbis have a more flexible approach.

Daf Yomi

23 Iyyar 5777 – May 18, 2017
Priorities ‘According To Their Wisdom And Their Age’ (Bava Basra 120a)

When ‘He Who Can’t Swear Must Pay’ Doesn’t Apply (Siman 75:14)

Another example of a case in which the Modeh Bemikzat oath of partial admission imposed by the Torah does not apply is where the amount admitted is less than a minimum amount of two kesef silver coins.

Seforim Exchange

He discovered the Mikraos Gedolos cost about 35 percent more than the Mishnah Berurah.

Daf Yomi

16 Iyyar 5777 – May 11, 2017
Final And Proper Honors ‘In A Grave Not His Own?’ (Baba Basra 112b)

What You Don’t Know May Hurt (Siman 75:13) – Continued from Last Week

The plaintiff is entitled to the entire maneh without having to swear.

Take It For Him!

A person cannot be forced to receive something against his will, replied Rabbi Dayan. Therefore, the recipient has the 'upper hand' and can choose either to uphold the gift retroactively or to refuse it.

Why Jewish Criminal Law Tilts Heavily Toward The Accused (Bava Batra 93a)

The burden of proof required in dinei nefashot, capital cases, is heavier than the burden of proof required dinei mamonot, monetary cases.

Taking The Law Into One’s Own Hands (Siman 75:13) – Continued from last week

9 Iyyar 5777 – May 4, 2017
In this case, if the defendant had wanted to lie, he could have – instead of admitting he snatched it and explaining that it was stolen from him – simply denied that he snatched it altogether.

Daf Yomi

At First Glance ‘While You Were Feasting On The Dates Of Babylon…’ (Baba Basra 107b)

Pool Barrier

The contractor warned me that the local safety code requires a barrier around the pool. He's supposed to come in two weeks to install it.

Is One Required To Live In Israel? (Bava Batra 91a)

Although it is preferable to live in Israel, there is no obligation to go. However, once you live in Israel, there is an obligation not to leave.

When Swearing That A Witness Is Lying Doesn’t Help (Siman 75:13)

2 Iyyar 5777 – April 27, 2017
A defendant who is faced with one witness who testifies that he borrowed money is allowed to swear that he never borrowed any money and receive judgment in his favor.

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