Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

If you never saw Ushpizin, this video will give you a quick summary of what I'm talking about [especially starting at 3:55].

Basically, two non-frum Jews come over to Moshe's house for Sukkos. They want to be nice, so they make a salad with lemon for him to eat. Except... not knowing what an Esrog is, they mistake it for a lemon, and it ends up in the salad.

What would halacha say in such a case? Are they responsible for the loss? And if so, how much would they owe?

share|improve this question
Why is this different from any case of destroying someone else's produce with misplaced good intentions? – WAF Jun 23 '11 at 13:41
@WAF they didn't know the value of the esrog - they thought it was a lemon (which would be fine). But maybe -- if you think that's the answer you can post it. – yydl Jun 23 '11 at 18:05

It would depend if he had permission to make this salad. If he had permission, he is considered a Mazik B'rshus and would be patur. If he did not have permission, he could still be patur if he had good reason to assume that the Esrog was a lemon.

Source: http://www.torah.org/advanced/business-halacha/5757/vol1no24.html

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.