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Bava Kama 28

You shall take no ransom

November 30, 2023

Today’s Talmud page, Bava Kama 28, discusses whether a slave should be compensated if he is injured when resisting being freed. This same text can be interpolated to reflect that we are forbidden from taking ransom, from holding a person captive for profit. This Talmudic conversation feels all the more prescient now as we watch as nearly 200 innocents are being held hostage by Hamas in Gaza. At the same time, the news media asks ridiculous questions about the value of one human life over another. Should we consider the value of an innocent child as being higher than that of a terrorist? Listen and find out.

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Bava Kama 28
You shall take no ransom
November 30, 2023
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