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What are a guardian's responsibilities? When is a guardian rewarded for going beyond his call of duty? Are there any legal differences between the types of item one is safeguarding? And a lesson in time management.

Talmud Study - Lesson 3

Talmud Study - Lesson 3

Guardianship: A Gamble for Whom?

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Talmud Study - Lesson 3: Guardianship: A Gamble for Whom?

What are a guardian's responsibilities? When is a guardian rewarded for going beyond his call of duty? Are there any legal differences between the types of item one is safeguarding? And a lesson in time management.
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Talmud, Tractate Bava Metziah
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Luis Funza, Colombia August 7, 2017

Is there in the tanak any situation related with guardians, thief, and owners? Reply

Mendel Adelman August 10, 2017
in response to Luis:

Hello Luis,

Yep. There most definitely is. Torah addresses basically all parts of law, including financial and criminal.

The chapters of 21-22 in Exodus deal a lot with these subjects.

The entire Tractate Baba Metzia talks about them. Reply

LaDonna Washington March 21, 2017

Reimbursing the Guardian I would argue that it is also unjust gain for the owner to keep the additional compensation when the thief is found. The guardian was honorable and performed a mitvah by paying for the item lost or stolen through negligence. Negligence is accidental, not something done out of malice. So, since he honored HaShem as well as the owner, it is only right to repay the guardian. Reply

Jenifer houston USA March 1, 2017

Joyful! Many thanks for a great class. You are so easy to listen to. Reply

Anonymous london August 26, 2015

how to learn how to translate the gemara and the rashi Shalom Aleichem Rav

I am wondering how we could learn to translate late the gemara and rashi. As i know already the Mishnah is written in biblical hebrew which is fine but how could we learn the aramaic in the gemara and how could we learn to translate the rashi as well since that is a key part of talmud study. Reply

Chabad.org Staff via chabadone.org August 5, 2015

Copy of Notes Click on 'class handouts' under the player window to download the notes. Reply

Anonymous Illinois August 5, 2015

How do I get a copy of the notes? Reply

Anonymous November 4, 2013

I have someone else's watch that I found in the side of a chair. I let owner know I had found . if they attempt to pick it up just one time that is not convenient to me and never attempt to get it again I should not be responsible to get it back to him it would be a great mitzvah to go out of my way but I should not feel guilty if the item gets lost after a while because I am not a storage unit! lol I do believe in Karma and it would not be nice but feel there is a time that the owner of the watch should step up to the plate! if someone takes it from me steels it I should not be at fault if owner is not doing their part! believe me that darn watch is on my mind I just don't have to go out of my way to get it to the owner! Reply

Dante Damiani chicago November 3, 2013

These classes are great! I'm only on #3 but I am really enjoying them... I like how the "handouts" are included... Well done! Reply

Joe Nashville February 11, 2013

Shalom I am not yet a Jew. My family is Catholic. I secretely watched these videos as well as study Hebrew. Thank you :) I plan to be a chemical enginner as well as a Rabbi when I get older. Reply

Yosef Yitzak Vancouver July 12, 2012

gracias Thanks Rabbi Wolf and team for the opportunity you give me to learn, i am constantly traveling and these classes make me connect. Until the next class. Reply

Ben Arlington, VA October 19, 2011

Thanks! Thanks for a most excellent class. It's a joy to follow along with. Reply

Albert Hern Mexico City, D.F. July 27, 2011

Fantastic It reminds me of the times when I studied at the synagogue. We studied Berakhot, and when we finished the book we thanked Ha-shem for giving us the time to study his words. Now, I thank him because as the rabbi said, I feel the time I have spent has made me closer to him, Thanks Reply

kameo the netherlands October 28, 2010

the watch and the ox and sheep Funny, by the way, that you mention the watch, since in that time of the misnah there was no watch. Reply

Kameo October 28, 2010

different gardians? First off all, your lectures help me think!
And it is very interesting and also spiritual! thank you for that.

I am a bit late in following the classes, you started already in april, anyhow,

I was wondering is there a different approach to a gardian if the guardian himor herself would offer to be a guardian or if the owner asked someone to be the gardian?

And secondly what type of question is my above question?

Hope to go to lesson 4 soon! Reply

Anonymous July 3, 2010

Ch 3 Study of the Talmud Thank you again for the knowledge. I loved your story of the Rabbi and the clock.
I can add to the story as well; with every tick tick tick of the clock, I get closer to learning Talmud from a very wonderful source as well, Rabbi Eliezer Wolf.
a quick story to add, I was a Flight Attendant and on my flight I found a Gold Rolex watch in the Blue room (bathroom) and made an announcement on the intercom of my find. A man came and asked for the watch, but did not even thank me for finding it and returning it. My payment was from my Mitzvah, but a thank you would have been nice:):) Reply

Richard Bligdon June 20, 2010

Where to start? Where does one start first and go next?

The Babylonian Talmud, then the Jerusalem, then say the Mishnah? Reply

Yochanan Netherlands June 17, 2010

lesson 3 I am very glad to see and listen to your lectures in combination with The Schottenstein Edition which I have before me. My heart goes open for this magnificent monument of faith in the real G'd. Thanks very much. Thanks.
One who belonged to the perplexed. Reply

Anonymous June 9, 2010

thanks thank you!!! for this great course
I have an english translation of the Talmud that I used to open, then feel much discouraged just to look at the size of the book -- it's really huge.
But now I am very glad to receive such lessons and G-d willing I will continue watching this series as long as G-d makes it possible for me to do so :) Reply

victor ross palos verdes, ca June 4, 2010

I am really enjoying this class. I am only on the 3rd lesson and have learned a great deal up to this point. The presenter is excellent. I continue to reap great benefit from Chabad.org and from the Chabad movement in general. Reply

Anonymous cape coral, fl May 26, 2010

Does the Talmud teach us that G_d wrote the book and if there is no court to resolve a problem G_d will fix the situation in his own time? I had someone borrow money and steal my love then told me he was not going to pay me back! At first I got upset, eventually I decided to turn it over to G_d. I was devastated for a long time torn apart because of this situation, but I finally figured out that holding this anger against this man was costing me more then giving it up to G_d! Reply

These Talmud classes will be studying and analyzing the third chapter of tractate Bava Metzia, which presents the Jewish approach in many matters of civil law, particularly vis-à-vis the different degrees of liability assumed by guardians, renters and borrowers.
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