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Bava Kama 21

The ruined house

November 23, 2023

Today’s Talmud page, Bava Kama 21, asks whether a person who is living in an otherwise uninhabited house needs to pay rent, with some saying that by living in the house, they are keeping it in good standing, and others stating that if the house is being used for anything, then the squatter is required to pay. To discuss the idea of an unused, and forgotten, home we welcome back Ruby Namdar, author of The Ruined House, a novel about a man who has visions of the old Temple in Jerusalem. We consider the importance of maintaining forgotten homes, and consider what it means for a house to be in ruins. Is an abandoned house something to be fearful of or a place that gives us a vision of the divine? Listen and find out.

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Bava Kama 21
The ruined house
November 23, 2023
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