Baba Kamma Course – Chapter 6

The Babylonian Talmud has been the foundation of Jewish life since its completion some 1500 years ago. It is the source of Jewish practice and, perhaps more importantly, it is central to shaping the Jewish thought process, the manner in which we approach, think about and solve problems. It is the core of our study program at the Conservative Yeshiva. This course will study the material studied this year in the Conservative Yeshiva Beit Midrash. Our study course this semester will be the 6th chapter of the tractate Baba Kamma, which deals with an owner’s responsibility and liability for the damage caused by his animal. This course will seek to provide a window into how the sages think and analyze problems, deriving their answers from the tradition. This course aims to provide students with some basic Talmudic skills, some inspiring debate, and an appetite for more.

An Introduction To Talmud and Bava Kamma Chapter 6 – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

An Introduction to Talmud and Bava Kamma Chapter 6 The Babylonian Talmud is the foundation of Jewish life since its formation some 1500 years ago. It is the source of Jewish practice and, perhaps more importantly, it is central to shaping the Jewish thought process, our way of looking at the world, and the manner […]

Baba Kamma 55b – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Baba Kamma 55b It is obvious from first glance that the mishnaot as they are presented in the Talmud are units comprised of a mass of material not necessarily all dealing with a single law. So it is with our opening mishnah. I have taken the liberty to cut it up into units so that […]

Baba Kamma 55b-56a – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Baba Kamma 55b-56a Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva  This sugya opens with a very interesting discussion. It deals with damages for which the legal system cannot hold a person accountable but still the sage who frames this discussion wants to hold the person involved accountable before God. This concept is called:  פטור מדיני אדם […]

Baba Kamma 56a-56b – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Baba Kamma 56a-56b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This week’s lesson contains three small sugyot on three sections of the mishnah that we learned in the first lesson. The first sugya contends with an attempt to define exactly what situation is meant when the Mishnah says that “[if] the wall broke down at night…the […]

Baba Kamma 56b-57b – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Baba Kamma 56b-57b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Part 1 How does the Talmud deal with new situations? This is the challenge of the sugya that we will be studying for the next two weeks. The challenge of this sugya is how to define the status of someone who has found a lost item […]

Baba Kamma 57b-58a – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Sugya #5 – Baba Kamma 57b-58a Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva In this week’s lesson, we have a series of smaller sugiyot – a welcome break from the rather difficult arguments we have dealt with of late. Sources View the English text for Baba Kamma 57b-58a View the Hebrew text for Baba Kamma 57b-58a Comments […]

Baba Kamma 58a-58b – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Sugya #6 – –Baba Kamma 58a-58b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This week’s lesson contains three small sugiyot, the dealing with a legal question that is an offshoot of last week’s discussion and two others dealing with how to evaluate the amount to be paid for damages in the cases discussed in the Mishnah. […]

Baba Kamma 58b-59a – Baba Kamma Chapter 6

Sugya #7 – Bava Kamma 58b-59a This week’s “episode” opens with a legal tale or what might be called today a case. In our previous sugyot, we dealt with cases where damage was caused by an owner’s property. Here we will deal with a case where a person causes damage. We will attempt to determine […]