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Are Finders Keepers?

3 Heshvan 5777 – November 3, 2016
The Torah requires us to return lost property to its owner. It follows that if the lost property has no owner, there is no duty to return it and the finder may keep it.

Benevolent Justice

26 Tishri 5777 – October 27, 2016
That would be cheating the rightful party and an injustice. Some authorities write that doing so would be considered a taus b'dvar mishna, a mistrial, and the compromise is null and void.

Daf Yomi

The Difficult Choice ‘His Father’s Lost Object And His Rebbe’s Lost Object…’ (Bava Metzia 33a)

Who Owns The Baseball?

What happens if two people are holding on to abandoned property and each claims to have found it first?

Daf Yomi

20 Tishri 5777 – October 21, 2016
The Majority Rule ‘If The Majority Are Israelites…’ (Bava Metzia 24a-b)

Sukkos Rental

13 Tishri 5777 – October 14, 2016
The point of the dispute is whether we follow the Torah's terminology, that Shemini Atzeres is independent, or people's common parlance, that Shemini Atzeres is included in Sukkos.

Daf Yomi

The Physician’s Dilemma ‘It Came Into His Hand While Forbidden’ (Bava Metzia 21b)

The Laws of Yom Kippur 5777

5 Tishri 5777 – October 7, 2016
Preparing for Yom Kippur, Erev Yom Kippur, Halachot of the Fast, Those who are exempt from fasting, Yom Kippur, End of the Fast

Gazalnu – We Stole

5 Tishri 5777 – October 6, 2016
Mr. Krumbein firmly accepted upon himself to return to those he knew he had cheated and also to donate to the local shul and community center.

Daf Yomi

‘Stop, Thief!’ ‘Are Identifying Marks Biblical Or Rabbinic?’ (Bava Metzia 18b)

Air Conditioner Running

27 Elul 5776 – September 29, 2016
The Bergs spent Rosh Hashanah in the apartment and then went on to their relatives.

Daf Yomi

The ‘False’ Rumor ‘If One Found Notes of Acquisition’ (Bava Metzia 14a)

Festive Or Somber?

Looking from mother to father I would wonder: Is Rosh Hashanah a happy day or a sad day?

Two Days Rosh Hashanah, Eruvin, And Eggs

20 Elul 5776 – September 22, 2016
From this decree on, the two days of Rosh Hashanah – unlike the two days of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot – were no longer celebrated out of doubt but out of certainty.

Daf Yomi

His Silence Is Deafening ‘One Seized It In Our Presence’ (Bava Metzia 6a)

Treif Toaster

Tosfos writes [Gittin 47a; Pesachim 57a] that hefker (disowning) rooted in error is not hefker, just as a gift or transaction rooted in error is not valid [C.M. 246:1-3].

Daf Yomi

13 Elul 5776 – September 15, 2016
The Burdensome Beast ‘He Put His Donkey On The Ferryboat’ (Bava Kamma 117b)

Lost Tzedakah

When he reached the bank, he put his hand in his pocket and realized the money was gone.

Daf Yomi

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
The Messenger Or The Message? ‘How Do We View This Agent?’ (Bava Kamma 104a)

Relative Ruin

Asher had Yankel summoned to Rabbi Dayan's beis din. He presented his claim; Yankel denied it.

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