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Bava Kama 108 and 109

Like a baby reborn

February 19, 2024

Today’s Talmud pages, Bava Kama 108 and 109, ask what should happen if a robber needs to repay a debt to someone who has converted to Judaism after they have died; while most debts can be paid to an heir, a convert (who has not married and had children of their own) has no heir. The Talmud answers this question by saying that the debt should be paid to a priest. Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin introduces the Talmudic principle that a person who chooses to become a Jew is like a baby reborn—and how this larger principle that flows throughout the Talmud may have come from this page of Talmud, and that the choice to convert is the joining of a new family and a full transformation of your being. How can this principle help explain what happens when we bond with our chosen family? Listen and find out.

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Bava Kama 108 and 109
Like a baby reborn
February 19, 2024
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