Audio by Dr. Michael Sokolow

Both an ox and any other animal are alike [before the Law with reference] to falling into a Pit, to exclusion from Mount Sinai, to paying double [in cases of theft], to restoring lost property, to unloading [burdens too heavy for an animal to bear], to abstaining from Muzzling, to heterogeneous animals [being coupled or working together], to Sabbath rest. So also beasts and birds are like them. If so why do we read, an ox or an ass? Only because Scripture spoke of the more usual [animals in domestic life].  קמא 5.7
אחד השור ואחד כל בהמה לנפילת הבור, ולהפרשת הר סיניי, ולתשלומי כפל, ולהשיב אבידה, לפריקה, ולחסימה, ולכלאיים, ולשבת; וכן חיה ועוף, כיוצא בהן׃ אם כן, למה נאמר ''שור, או חמור''  (שמות כא,לג) , אלא שדיבר הכתוב בהווה
If a man brings sheep into a shed and locks the door in front of them properly, but the sheep [nevertheless] Get out and do damage, he is not liable. If, however, he does not lock the door in front of them properly, he is liable. If [the wall] broke down at night, or if robbers broke in, and they got out and did damage, he would not be liable. If [however] robbers took them out [from the shed and left them at large and they did damage] the robbers would be liable [for the damage].  קמא 6.1
הכונס צאן לדיר-- אם נעל בפניה כראוי, ויצאה והזיקה-- פטור; ואם לא נעל בפניה כראוי, ויצאה והזיקה-- חייב׃ נפרצה בלילה, או שפרצוה ליסטים, ויצאה והזיקה-- פטור; הוציאוה ליסטים, הליסטים חייבים

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