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.
The burden of proof required in dinei nefashot, capital cases, is heavier than the burden of proof required dinei mamonot, monetary cases.
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.
At First Glance ‘While You Were Feasting On The Dates Of Babylon…’ (Baba Basra 107b)
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.
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.
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.
Law Of Averages ‘Catacombs Are Four Cubits Long’ (Bava Basra 100b)
The behavior of Rabbi Akiva’s students left them particularly vulnerable between Pesach and Shavuot since this period is a time of celestial judgment.
Consequential Limitations ‘Seeds That Did Not Sprout’ (Bava Basra 92a)
He considers it direct damage and writes that even a guardian who is exempt from negligence [e.g., be'alav imo] or even a person who is not a guardian, is liable in such a case.
Whereas one week is sufficient to restore an individual to his natural state of divine purity, the entire nation required seven weeks.
The Torah believes the testimony of one witness that the defendant does not deny under oath – as if it were the testimony of two witnesses.
Rabbi Nechunia’s Prayer ‘ Even So, An Actual Incident Is Greater’ (Bava Basra 83a)
After a couple of hours in the kitchen, the meat was on the fire, the chicken in the oven, and some kugels already out on the table.
In order for an admission of a debt or for the forgiveness of a debt to be effective, it must be accompanied by some overt manifestation of serious intent.
On Chol HaMoed some work is prohibited and some is permitted. According to some opinions, the work prohibition is biblical; according to others, it’s rabbinical.
An Implacable Foe ‘Therefore Those Who Speak In Parables Say…’ (Bava Basra 78b)
If the chametz has already been legally nullified and physically burned, so that it is neither owned nor possessed by a Jew, why is it necessary to sell it to a non‑Jew?
Mr. Leiner checked the calendar, and saw that April 13 came out on Chol HaMoed. I was considering taking off that day, Mr. Leiner told his boss.
In all of these situations, the person volunteering the admission is exempt from any payment.
This is one of those posts that falls into the category of “If only I had the power to……..”
The reason the defendant must pay the money or return the item if he admits that he borrowed the money, stole it, or had something of value deposited with him but does not know whether he repaid the money or gave the item back, is as follows.
Must A Typical Sale Be Generous? ‘A Seller Sells Generously’ (Bava Basra 71a)
Glass cannot be kashered or used at all on Pesach because it is made of sand and is halachically considered earthenware.