Baba Kamma Course – Chapter 8

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 focus on the 8th chapter of the tractate Baba Kamma, which deals with the liability to provide compensation to someone whom we have injured, pained or humiliated. It 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 Baba Kamma Chapter 8 – When A Person Injures Another Person

An Introduction To Baba Kamma Chapter 8 – When A Person Injures Another Person Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva For an introduction to Talmud study and terms, see the introduction in the course for Baba Kamma Chapter 6. The subject matter at hand is complicated. We will be dealing with a subject where the […]

Baba Kamma 83b – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya 1 – Baba Kamma 83b – Baba Kamma Chapter 8 Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the important Biblical verses to know View the English text for Baba Kamma 83b View the Hebrew text for Baba Kamma 83b Comments and Questions on the Mishnah General questions Read through the mishnah a first time. How […]

Baba Kamma 83b–84a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #2 – Baba Kamma 83b–84a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8 Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This class we continue our debate over what the Talmud thinks was the intent of the Torah – was it physical retribution or was it monetary compensation? In our material this week we see a different kind of Talmudic argument. […]

Baba Kamma 84a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #3 – Baba Kamma 84a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8 Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva  The third lesson opens with two legal episodes one after the other where cases are brought before a sage for adjudication. The cases differ from the material we have done already in that they do not involve one human […]

Baba Kamma 84b-85a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Baba Kamma 84b-85a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8  Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This week’s sugya deals with the complicated subject of how and when compensation for pain applies. This is especially complicated since the Mishnah talks of “pain” as one element of the 5 part compensation package. On the other hand, the example […]

Baba Kamma 85a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #5 -– Baba Kamma 85a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8 -– “Healing” Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva  Before we begin the Talmud two preliminary steps are in order. First, take a look at the Mishnah again and review the section on compensation for healing. To save you some time, here is the English […]

Baba Kamma 85a-85b – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #6 – Baba Kamma 85a-85b – Baba Kamma Chapter 8 Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva This lesson will be briefer than others. In the past few classes, we have discussed the application of payments of a number of the four payments even where “depreciation” – נזק is absent. This class, we open the discussion […]

Bava Kamma 85b-86a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya # 7 – Bava Kamma 85b-86a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8 Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Baba Kamma 85b-86a View the Hebrew text for Baba Kamma 85a Comments and Questions on the Sources 1. Don’t forget to take a look at the part of the Mishnah dealing with “shevet” 2. […]

Baba Kamma 86a-86b – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #8 – Baba Kamma 86a-86b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva  This week’s discussion deals with the payment for “embarrassment” caused by the injury. Ostensibly, the Talmud seems concerned with identifying which sage was responsible for the opinion found in the Mishnah, but if we look more closely at this discussion, by thrashing out […]

Baba Kamma 86b – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #9 -Baba Kamma 86b Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Baba Kamma 86b View the Hebrew text for Baba Kamma 86b Comments and Questions on the Sources Mishnah The Mishnah consists of three distinct laws. What is there a need to state the first laws? What is distinctive about each […]

Baba Kamma 86b-87a – Baba Kamma Chapter 8

Sugya #10 – Baba Kamma 86b-87a Rabbi Mordechai Silverstein The Conservative Yeshiva Sources View the English text for Baba Kamma 86b-87a View the Hebrew text for Baba Kamma 86b-87a Comments and Questions on the Sources Here we take note of the Mishnah but do not be mislead that we are only concerned by the few words quoted here, […]

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