By Rabbi Julian Sinclair, January 8, 2009
On December 30, the seven-year daf yomi cycle of studying a page of Talmud each day began the talmudic order of Nezikin. It will take almost two years to complete.
Nezikin means damages, from the verb l’hazik, to hurt or damage. The tractates comprising Nezikin discuss the whole gamut of civil and financial law, covering contracts, employment, civil damages, damages from personal assault, theft, robbery, returning lost objects, property rights, disputes between neighbours and much more.