If debtor is alive, damages collected from superior land, loan from average land and kesubah from inferior land. If he owes $10,000, it can be paid in a certain amount of acres of superior land or a greater amount of inferior land. Why is the type of land specified? Shouldn't it be the dollar amount of land that matters?
Barry Epstein, Dallas, USA
The dollar amount is constant; one collects as much as he is owed, not a penny more or a penny less. In addition, one must pay damages with prime land which is more desirable.
Thank you for your response. I don't understand why an acre of superior land worth $10,000 is worth more than 2 acres of average land worth $5,000. Re damages, why is the former more valuable when the two choices have equal value?
It is not more valuable, and it may not be more valuable, for one must pay what he damaged and no more, no less. Rather, it is more desirable.