Bava Kamma 78 - A Thief Who Doesn't Pay Fourfold (Torts)

If someone declared, "It is hereby incumbent upon me to bring a burnt offering," he then designated a specific ox as the offering. Another person came and stole it; the one who promised the offering is required to replace it. However, the thief can exempt himself from further liability with a lamb, which satisfies the obligation.

Suppose the thief sold all of the stolen animal, except one-hundredth of it, or slaughtered it and made a mistake in the slaughtering so that it became non-kosher in his hands. In that case, he pays the twofold payment of an ordinary thief but doesn't pay the fourfold or fivefold payment.

Art: A Thief by Fernando Botero

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