Babylonian Talmud, Baba Metzia 101b
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תלמוד בבלי בבא מציעא קא:
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המשכיר בית לחבירו בימות הגשמים - אינו יכול להוציאו מן החג ועד הפסח. בימות החמה - שלשים יום. ובכרכים, אחד ימות החמה ואחד ימות הגשמים - שנים עשר חדש
If one rents a house to one’s fellow in the winter [note: “winter” here is considered to start after Sukkot ends in the late fall], one cannot evict the tenant from Sukkot through Passover [around six months, the duration of the winter]. In the summer, [one cannot evict the tenant for] thirty days. [In other words, the landlord must give 30 days’ notice.] In large cities, whether in summer or winter, [the period is] twelve months [notice].
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

What reasons can you imagine for prohibiting evictions “from Sukkot through Passover”?

Why is there a difference between the mandated eviction notice time in small towns vs. large cities?

What are the values about housing and about the way we conduct business underlying these texts?

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Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)