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Bava Basra 46

BAVA BASRA 46 & 47 - dedicated by Reb Gedalia Weinberger of New York, an Ohev Torah and Marbitz Torah whose tireless efforts on behalf of Klal Yisroel have produced enormous benefits for the Lomdei Hadaf over the years.


(a) What does the Beraisa say about Reuven, who received a different coat than the one that he gave ...
  1. ... to repair, from the tailor?
  2. ... to the doorman to hang up in a Beis-Avel or at a wedding?
(b) Why ought it to be forbidden to use the coat in the Reisha no less than in the Seifa?

(c) Rav asked Rebbi Chiya this Kashya.
What did he reply?

(d) This only applies however, if the Uman himself returned the wrong coat, but not if it was his wife of children who returned it.
How does Rav Chiya B'rei de'Rav Nachman qualify the concession even if the Uman himself was the one who returned the coat?

(a) Abaye volunteered to show Rava the swindlers of Pumbedisa. What would an Uman counter when Reuven claimed that the coat that he saw by him was the one that he had given him to repair?

(b) Why could Reuven then not take the coat on the basis of that evidence?

(c) What did the Uman reply when Reuven asked him to produce the coat for the witnesses to identify?

(d) On what grounds did Rava justify the Uman's behavior?

(a) What did Rav Ashi advise Reuven to do if he was smart?

(b) According to Rav Acha B'rei de'Rav Ivya, what would the Uman retort if he was smart too?

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(a) We ask on our Mishnah that denies an Aris the right to establish a Chazakah 'Amai, Ad ha'Idna Palga ve'Hashta Kula'.
What do we mean by that?

(b) Rebbi Yochanan answers 'Masnisin be'Arisi Batei Avos'.
What distinguishes Arisei Batei Avos from other Arisin?

(c) What does Rebbi Yochanan now mean? What is the difference between the Chazakah of a regular Aris and that of Arisei Batei Avos?

(a) If an Aris Batei Avos brought other Arisin down to the field to work there, he establishes a Chazakah.
Why is that?

(b) Under which circumstances will even this not constitute a Chazakah?

(a) Rav Nachman bar Rav Chisda asked Rav Nachman bar Ya'akov (see Tosfos) whether an Aris may testify.
What was the She'eilah?

(b) Rav Yosef, who was sitting in front of Rav Nachman, quoted Shmuel, who ruled in the affirmative.
What is the problem with this ruling? What does the Tana of a Beraisa say?

(c) Rav Yosef reconciles Shmuel with the Beraisa by establishing the latter when there is no more fruit in the field (see Rabeinu Gershom).
What does he mean by that? Why should that be a reason for the Aris not to testify on behalf of the owner?

(d) Whereas Shmuel speaks when there is no fruit in the field because he has already received his portion (Rabeinu Gershom), in which case it makes no difference whether his employer retains the field or loses it. Why is the Aris not prejudiced, inasmuch as the owner will probably hire him again next year if the field remains in his possession?

(a) Under what condition may a creditor or the guarantor testify on behalf of the debtor?

(b) Why do we not consider the guarantor prejudiced even then, because if the debtor has another field, it will save problems should he have other creditors, who will otherwise take the one field, leaving the guarantor with the obligation of giving the second creditor the other one.

(c) The first purchaser may also testify for the second purchaser only if he has another field.
What does this mean? Who has another field?

(d) Why is Levi otherwise forbidden to testify on his behalf?

(a) Why on the other hand, is the second purchaser (Yehudah), permitted to testify on behalf of the first one (Levi), whether he (the first purchaser or the seller) has other fields or not?

(b) When will this too, be prohibited?

(c) What is an Areiv Kablan? In what way do his obligations differ from an ordinary Areiv?

(d) Some say that an Areiv Kablan may testify for the debtor, provided he has another field (just like an ordinary Areiv can). Others forbid it.
Why (see Rabeinu Gershom?

(a) In which specific case might the Areiv who possesses Beinonis (medium-quality fields) find it worthwhile to testify on behalf of the debtor?

(b) From whom may the creditor claim if a regular Areiv owns Beinonis and the debtor Ziburis (poor-quality fields)?

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