Friday, 21 July 2017

sanhedrin 5

who can judge & teach? 
those who get permission from their teacher. 
Provided they don't know too much, and are blemished. 

It is speculated that Rav does not have Rebbe's permission to rule on blemishes found in 1stborn animals, as he is too much of an expert and would permit things that others would forbid. and the untrained eye would not be able to discern the difference, and thus standards would fall... alternatively there could be better teachers out there, teaching accurately so that the community is not kept in ignorance.

Many, many connections to be made about who is a judge, who teaches torah and who decides halacha today...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

sanhedrin 3

who can sit and judge another? experts only, or those with nothing else to do all day

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

sanhedrin 2

how many does it take to sit and judge? 

3, 5, 7, 9+1, 23 or 71? 

Monday, 10 April 2017

bava batra 78


what is the role of a donkey? 

for riding? 

for carrying? 

to produce and nurture more donkeys? 

or to be a warning to the arrogant ones headed for hell?

bava batra 77


when the abstract defines the physical. 
words acquire words,
and money determines what is for sale. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

bava batra 76

 acquiring a ship by pulling. 
but who would park a ship in an alleyway. 

Friday, 7 April 2017

bava batra 75

the ship of future dreams.

following the discussion about the legendary aspects of the sea, including the Levithan, this page explores various visions of the future, including what will happen to the Levithan, Jerusalem, and the stature of humans. These stories finish, and the talmud picks up the original mishna topic - how to buy a ship. And the need for the acquisition to be completed by an action of pulling. It brought to mind that all these future dreams and wishes are bundled together, and can only be kept alive by the scholars and dreamers pulling them into the future. 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

bava batra 74

travellers' tales
of what happened at sea,
in the desert,
where hell meets earth,
and where earth meets heaven,
and the mighty creatures who live,
and died, there.

basically, everyone is a bit of bore, prone to exaggeration, when they come back from travelling. The talmudic rabbis were no exception. 

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

bava batra 73

tall tales of big fish,
big trees,
big snakes, frogs, birds
and juggling demons.

all inspired by the big waves of the sea.

Discussion about the laws of buying ships, and what is included, leads to many stories about the sea. Each one more fantastic than the last. It's a talmudic rabbis story slam. For me the winner was Rabba and his tale of the demon Hurmin, the son of Lilith, juggling wine and dancing on bridges. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

bava batra 71

unspecified gifts and particular sales.
- so there's no need to go into detail when giving things to God.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

bava batra 70

separating trees from fields,
and partners,
the living from the dead.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

bava batra 69

significant trees,
and stones.

does buying a field include items within it that have their own identity and significance?

Friday, 31 March 2017

bava batra 68

the people and places that are and aren't included with the city.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

bava batra 67

selling property or the use of the property. 
like glass made of grains of sand, 
courtyards, olive-presses, and bathhouses, are comprised of different parts. 
Some essential to use. and some not.

what is and isn't implicitly included in the sale of courtyards, olive-presses, and bathhouses. The space themselves? fixed items attached to the ground? or the things that give that space it's function?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

bava batra 66

the forest & the hive

There is a question about items that are attached to the ground, if they are considered fixed, and therefore like the ground, or not. This discussion began with what is included when one sells a house, to what piping would be considered "drawing water" for a mikvah, and now the status of beehives. If they are attached to the ground then removing honey on shabbat would make one as liable as extracting plants from the ground. Or picking fruit from a tree. because there is a pun at play. the word for forest is the same word for beehive. Bava Batra is currently a little dull, but drawing honeycomb trees is rather pleasant. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

bava batra 64

the pit, the path & the parapet. 

why retain ownership without ensuring access? 

and why buy something that isn't completely yours? 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

bava batra 60

no protrusions,
no over-arching authorities.

be wary not to excessively impose on the public,

or create a dark void within which the public can fall in their grief.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

bava batra 58

beware of disturbing the resting places,
you might get your beard caught,
discover that you are a bastard,
or disturb the loving couple.

Monday, 20 March 2017

bava batra 57

respectable women don't do their dirty laundry in public,
and respectable men don't expose themselves.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Saturday, 18 March 2017

bava batra 55

  if a fragile plant can have a function 
then the bums and idlers can support the society that they are in.

Friday, 17 March 2017

bava batra 54

the laws of acquisition are derived by how men work & improve the property. 

But if you work in your own way, 

or pay for it, 

beware of those who stick their token hoe in. 

They've been part of the conversation and know what they are doing.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

bava batra 52

when tensions in the family tree creates arguments about the family home. 

who is credible? 

the one who is using it to trade, 

or those who want to?

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

bava batra 51

pretending to sell her some land that she can all her own.
but it is a ruse to expose money that he thinks should call his own.

(sometimes I really worry about the power games within these marriages. those poor wives)

Monday, 13 March 2017

bava batra 50

the complexities of 2 owners,
the one who brought the slave,
and the one who still has authority over the slave.
- if the slave dies, who is the dead man walking?

Sunday, 12 March 2017

bava batra 49

she has the power to keep her property hers, and stop him claiming ownership.
because she has no power, and everyone knows that she needs to say untrue things just to please him.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

bava batra 48

who is being coerced into selling their property?
their body?
and who can legitimately coerce others?

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

bava batra 46

Comparing houses of celebration & mourning with artists' houses. 

Both have lots of coming and going. 

But artists who work with other people's things, items have uncertain ownership, 

and can be used by all.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

bava batra 44

buying things without clear ownership. 

can't claim from a dead thief' heirs. 

but can claim from an indebted landowner.

Monday, 6 March 2017

bava batra 43

can partners ever truly separate? 

or the city from its poor? 

or from its Torah, 

to whom all must stand, 

rich & poor, 

debtor & creditor.

This page discusses if business partners can be unbiased to testify about each other, even if they sell their share of the property to the other, so there is no longer any joint ownership. But there buyers and sellers are still tied together in a beneficial relationship so that there is still a possibility of bias. This is compared to a stolen city's Torah scroll, that cannot be judged by judges from that city, for even though they remove themselves from that joint ownership, the whole city stands for the public Torah reading, and this the whole city benefits. This is also compared to a gift given to a city for it's poor cannot be adjudicated by judges of that city, as the whole city benefits if the poor are better off. Welfare works for all....

Saturday, 4 March 2017

bava batra 41

not knowing who lives in your loft for 4 years. 

but being aware of who is in your house for a day

Friday, 3 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

bava batra 39

is protesting to make something public knowledge, 


to lodge a legal claim in the courts as testimony?

this page discusses what is the proper way to lodge a protest about property that someone else has taken possession of. It is not enough to call them a thief, but also have to declare that you will be pursuing your claim in the courts. So, if it is a legal process, is protest like witness testimony - which needs to be done in front of 2 people. Or is protest a matter of putting one's claim in the public knowledge so everyone will know that the possessor has stolen the land. For something to be considered public knowledge, then that takes 3 people. 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

bava batra 38

protest from a distance. 

or is protest only effective if it's up close and in person.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

bava batra 37

trees without land, 

land without trees.

selling trees with or without the land in which they are attached. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

bava batra 36

wandering wild donkeys who need fences & walls to be kept away. 

but goats & slave babies only go where they are led.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

bava batra 35

make your claim & protest. before it is too late, 

and all your rights are lost

Saturday, 25 February 2017

bava batra 34

while they argue, without basis for their claims, the boat remains unmoored & drifting with no owner.

Friday, 24 February 2017

bava batra 33

how to lie: 

1. tell a small fib, instead of the bigger story you could have told. 


2. make such a huge, bigly claim that NO ONE would think you had the chutzhpah to lie about that, and therefore not challenge you...