Sunday, May 11, 2008

Caring for the property of others


"Rav Pinchas reported: Once a traveler misplaced chickens near R' Chanina ben Dosa's home. R' Chanina's wife found them.

"R' Chanina said, 'Don't eat from their eggs.' And so the eggs and chickens increased, to the point that they became a nuisance. They sold them, and purchased goats.

"Later, that man who had lost the chickens passed again, and he said to his traveling companion, 'This is where I left my chickens.' R' Chanina heard this, and asked, 'Do you have a sign [by which to verify that they were yours]?'

"The man said 'Yes' and presented the sign, and took the goats."

(Talmud, Taanit 25a)

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