Bava Kama 17 and 18
Circumstances beyond our control
Today’s Talmud pages, Bava Kama 17 and 18, discuss the different amount of damages one must pay when your chicken directly impacts someone else’s vessels or bread, versus the amount of damages one must pay when it is the pebbles or wind that are stirred up by your chicken that later damage one’s vessels or bread. This Talmudic conversation recalls that feeling of having to deal with circumstances beyond our control. To reflect on that feeling, we are sharing a segment from the most recent episode of the Unorthodox podcast in which Stephanie Butnick spoke with her dear friend LeElle Slifer about her experience of being in the United States on Oct. 7, while her extended family was in Israel, and many were taken hostage from Kibbutz Be’eri. How does someone try to take control of the world around them when they are faced with such horrors? Listen and find out.
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