Weekly Daf #18
Bava Kama 107 - 113 - Issue #18
1 - 7 Tammuz 5754 / 10 - 16 June
1 - 7 Tammuz 5754 / 10 - 16 June 1994
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The Limits of Responsibility
|The Case:||A man borrows a cow and passes away before returning it. His children, unaware that the cow is not their father's, slaughter it and consume its flesh.|
|The Rule:||They must compensate the owner of the cow by paying two-thirds of the market value of beef.|
The Limits of Audacity
|The Case:||A man claims someone owes him money which he loaned him but has no witnesses or documentation to prove his claim. The defendant totally denies the obligation.|
|The Rule:||He is free of any obligation to pay the alleged debt and Torah Law even exempts him from taking an oath to prove his innocence. (A later rabbinical decree does require him to take a special oath.)|
|The Reason:||Human nature is such that a man does not have the audacity to lie to someone who did him a favor by lending him money. We therefore assume he is telling the truth in denying the claim.|
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