Any amount of land? The rabbis offer a number of possible examples of counting for minimum amounts. It is almost unfathomable to imagine that any size of land would be subject to the same halachot.
What if a person claims that his property is only movable property. What does this include? Wheat, barley, one's upper millstone? One more question - is a slave considered to be more similar to movable property or more similar to land? The rabbis have a long conversation about ways that slaves might be included or excluded from one's list of lands or movable property. When are houses included? When are animals included? There is an understanding that slaves are somehow different from all other categories of property, but without the context of the twenty-first century it is difficult to demonstrate a logical reason for that difference. Rav Ashi decides that keeping movable property does not suggest that one also keeps a part of the slave.
We are taught that there are five laws that apply when a person gives away all of his property. This regards a person on his death bed, a slave, a wife, sons, and a gift to evade.
- a person on his deathbed cannot retract; if he keeps no land for himself, he can retract
- a person on his deathbed who gifts all of his possessions to his slave, the slave goes free; if he kept any amount of land, the slave stays with his owner
- If a person writes a document giving all of his property to his wife, he has only made her an overseer
- If a person writes his property to his sons but leaves some land to his wife, she forfeits her right to her ketuba in some cases
- If a woman writes a mavracha, an evasion document giving her land to someone other than her husband-to-be, the groom does not take possession of her land.