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Chaim Seiff asks:

Hello Rabbi,

I learning Baba Kama and I have questions. On the bottom of Page 13B the Gemera uses the feminine version of payment "Mishalemet" instead of the regular "Mishalame" Can you please enlighten me as to why the Rabbis did this. I would very much appreciate your help.

Thank you for you time.

Chaim Seiff, RBS, Israel

The Kollel replies:

The term "Meshalemes" is found in many places in Bava Kama (i.e. 15b, 16b), and it refers to the "Beheimah" -- "animal" paying for the damage it caused (even though the owner will actually be paying). Since Beheimah is feminine, the word "Meshalemes" is used.

All the best,

Yaakov Montrose