HaAretz, last week, reported that Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar issued a halachic decision that "[b]usiness owners whose actions, either intentionally or through negligence, cause the public monetary losses must bear personal responsibility for the damage and reparations." I have not seen the psak halacha. But for those who have, is this really "unprecedented" as HaAretz's headline proclaims? Isn't this just an extension of the "lifnei ever" (i.e. "don't throw a stumbling block before the blind") and "al ohnaas" (fair dealing) prohibitions Rashi finds in Lev. 19:14 and Lev. 25:17 with regard to giving bad advice? Why or why not?
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