Bava Metzia 24 - Going Beyond the Letter of the Law (Finds)

Rav Yehudah followed behind the master, Shmuel, in the cereal store market. He asked Shmuel, "If one found a purse here, what is the law?" Shmuel said, "It belongs to the finder." Many people pass by here, and one is likely to take it. Thus, the owner despairs. 

Rav Yehudah continued, "If a Jew comes and gives an identifying mark for it, what is the law?" Shmuel said, "He is obligated to return it." How can both rulings be true? The second statement reflects a moral obligation to go beyond the letter of the law.

John Opie - A gentleman and a miner with a specimen of copper ore


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