Rash And Impulsive ‘A Place Inhabited By Many Kohanim …’ (Bava Basra 160b)
Our rabbis, keenly aware of the often ephemeral nature of our resolutions, make us jump through some procedural hoops in order to ensure that we mean what we sell or give away.
Before the Torah obliges a defendant to take the Modeh Bemiktzat oath of partial admission, the defendant must admit at least one perutah of the claim and deny two maot.
It is the certainty with which the plaintiff presses his claim that obliges the defendant to take an oath and that saddles him with a moral obligation to pay.
Crossing The Divide ‘Then The Two Men Shall Stand…’ (Bava Basra 155b)
The bags had floated off in opposite directions and were already filling with water. Yehuda paddled away to pick up his bag.
The Priest Forbade Chametz ‘Acquired By Admission’ (Bava Basra 149a)
A typical example of a chok is the prohibition against wearing sha’atnez, clothes made of wool and linen. A typical example of a mishpat is the prohibition against murder.
Mr. Stein notified all the participants and called Mr. Turk. Our flight was delayed, he said. We will have to reschedule the bus for 5 p.m.
In order for an admission to be acceptable in court, it must be made in front of two witnesses appointed to hear it.
From a human perspective, circumcision happens just once; but from the perspective of mission, the message conveyed by this act – the Jewish nation’s unwavering commitment to a higher mission – resounds forever
Migo applies in a case that a person, usually the defendant, states a weak claim, one that would not ordinarily be believed...
It is upon the plaintiff to bring the required evidence to prove his case.
There can be no experience so unequivocal and obvious as to conclusively prove the existence of God or the divine origin of His Torah.
A Dramatic Change ‘Where His Son Traveled Overseas….’ (Bava Basra 132a)
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.
However, if the renter has a definitive claim (ba'ree), as in our case, he is in possession since he holds the money.
Who’s On First? ‘Who Is Considered A First Born?’ (Bava Basra 126b)
The identity of the heirs and their order of succession cannot be changed by testamentary disposition in a will.
The Torah does not impose an oath on a defendant in a dispute involving land, servants, or promissory notes.
Havdalah, according to most opinions, is of rabbinic origin. Accordingly, the rabbis have a more flexible approach.
Priorities ‘According To Their Wisdom And Their Age’ (Bava Basra 120a)
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.
He discovered the Mikraos Gedolos cost about 35 percent more than the Mishnah Berurah.
Final And Proper Honors ‘In A Grave Not His Own?’ (Baba Basra 112b)