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The Laws of Nezikin – Damages (Mitzvot 51-52)
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How much responsibility does an owner bear when his/her animal causes damage? Why is the ox the paradigmatic damager and what can we learn from this? The symbolism of the ox. The responsibility to look out for oneself and distance oneself from danger. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, November […]
The Laws of Kenasot – Penalties (Mitzvah 49)
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There are 5 different elements of the penalty for injuring another person – נזק, צער, ריפוי, שבת, בושת – damage, pain, medical costs, loss, and embarrassment. Why can Knasot only be adjudicated in the Land of Israel? What mechanism takes the place of kenasot outside the Land of Israel? What is the role of logic […]
Capital Punishment (Mitzvah 47)
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The motivation for Capital Punishment seems to be deterrence according to the Sefer HaChinuch. However, unlike other punishments the death penalty is irreversible, so there is great hesitancy to administer it. Extrajudicial killings Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, October 24, 2018/15 Marcheshvan 5779
The Hebrew Servant (Mitzvot 42-46 and 481-482)
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Why is the law of the Eved Ivri/Amah Ivriah the bridge between Har Sinai and the Ten commandments and civil law? For most of Jewish History this hasn’t even been relevant. Why is Eved Ivri so central, why didn’t the Torah prohibit servitude? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Wednesday, October 17, 2018/8 Marcheshvan 5779