A volume of Talmud sits open on a table. A learner can be seen sitting next to it. There is a rainbow alef-bet tool placed across the pages.

Bava Metzia 59a/b

This aggadic (narrative) sugya showcases the Rabbinic project in action as the Tannaim battle against one another (and against heaven itself!) to claim the authority to shape our tradition. We’ve divided this lengthy sugya into eleven chevruta sessions, but (as always!) y’all are encouraged to learn at the pace that feels best to you. You can learn the core story in sections 1-7 or keep going through section 11 to explore the profound and tragic aftermath of this formative myth.

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