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Shulchan Aruch CM 396:9 says (my own loose translation): מסרו השומר לשומר אחר, והיזק - חייב; ששומר שמסר לשומר חייב. אפילו שומר חנם שמסר לשומר שכר, ואם הזיק - חייב השומר הראשון לשלם לניזק וילך לעשות דין עם השומר השני. If a shomer gave the item to a second shomer and it was damaged - he is responsible; as the rule is that, "A shomer who gives over ...


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The Midrash (Koheles 7:28, cited by Messilas Yesharim chapter 1) writes (translation mine) When God created Adam he took him to see all the trees of the Garden of Eden and told him "Look at my creations; how beautiful and praiseworthy they are. All that I have created, I created [only] for you. Be careful not to ruin and destroy my world." It ...


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Shulchan Aruch, in Choshen Mishpat 291, says: [:1] An unpaid watchman is exempt, with an oath, for theft and loss and is liable to pay only for breach of duty. [:2] An unpaid watchman is someone who was given money, items, an animal, or anything to watch and who accepted the responsibility to watch it.… And in 294: [:2] …If [the ...


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וְהָאָרֶץ, לֹא תִמָּכֵר לִצְמִתֻת--כִּי-לִי, הָאָרֶץ: כִּי-גֵרִים וְתוֹשָׁבִים אַתֶּם, עִמָּדִי. (Vayikrah 25:23) From this pasuk, it seems that we are merely taking care of it, but the Earth still belongs to Hashem.


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New answer: This is clearly a case of a Shomer-Chinam; asking somebody to safeguard your item without being paid for it. The Halacha is that a Shomer-Chinam is not responsible for any damages unless the damage was caused by his negligence. So if the camera dropped because he balanced it on his head, for example, then he would be expected ...



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