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עד אחד בשטר
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun (by Real Clear Daf) explores the topic of עד אחד בשטר: if one witness signed a loan document, and another orally testified to the loan. The Gemara (165a) brings a dispute about the status of such a document. Rashbam expresses a minority view about the interpretation […]
To Ik-nee or Not to Ik-nee
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun (by Real Clear Daf) explores the topic of איקני: the possibility of including yet-to-be-purchased real estate in a lender’s lien. The Gemara’s argument that this might work even if you hold that one cannot purchase something that isn’t owned yet seems to elude understanding. In under 15 minutes, […]
Firstborn Double Inheritance
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf The Rashbam on 126a asserts that before the estate is divided, a regular brother (as opposed the first-born) is powerless to sell or forfeit his due portion–for he does not own it yet. Tosfos rejects this assertion from 124a that takes it as given that a regular brother does […]
Logic of the Draw
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun (by Real Clear Daf) explores gorel (drawing of lots). Not the “Gorel HaGra,” but, a gorel that brothers use when dividing their inheritance. Everything about the Gemara’s discussion seems simple…too simple. We don’t need a Tanna to state the painfully obvious. So what is really going […]
What Rules: Money or Majority?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun (by Real Clear Daf) explores the Gemara’s discussion (Baba Basra 92-93) of whether we follow the principle of majority in monetary cases. Rav on 92a says that we do follow a statistical probability for monetary cases. Yet, on 93a, Rav says we don’t follow powerful circumstantial […]
A Shiur About Shiyur
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun (by Real Clear Daf) explores the sugya of “שיור בקנין.” The Gemara (Baba Basra 63a)  states regarding a Levi making a conditional sale of his field to a Yisroel that he is doing a “שיור בקנין,” namely, he is leaving out a portion of the field […]
Half-Baked Testimony
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun explores the sugya of “חצי דבר.” The Gemara tells us that the Torah invalidates testimony that only provides part of the information we need. Within this discussion the Gemara makes a distinction that, at first, seems incomprehensible. We take you through some of the approaches of […]
Permitted Evil Speech?
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun explores the concept of “אפי תלתא.” The Gemara seems to say that once Lashon Hara was said in front of 3 people, it is no longer prohibited to repeat the derogatory speech. However, as with many areas of halacha, it’s not that simple. Get a deeper […]
Rabbi Abba’s Ingot
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Provided courtesy of Real Clear Daf Daf Yomi B’iyun explores the famous case of “Rabbi Abba’s Ingot” (so titled since Rabbi Abba made the halachic ruling on the case).  This video breaks down the Gemara’s thought process and attempts a deeper understanding of what is really going on based on the halachic significance of a […]