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I don't really know what the situation in other countries in, but for a very long time, the only meat sold in stores in America has been soaked and salted. Even if a kosher-labelled piece of meat has not been salted properly, it's בטל ברוב, as the overwhelming majority of meat is completely kosher. ...you used the word "treyf," by which you probably meant ...


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Look at the Mishnayot a few after that one: נכסים שיש להם אחריות, נקנין בכסף ובשטר ובחזקה.‏ [Land] is acquired through money, documents and [usage]. Examples (given by Bartenura) of the "usage" technique for land include plowing the land, locking the opening, and building a fence. Additionally, you can find that: עבד כנעני נקנה בכסף ובשטר ...


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The general principle involved here is טעות עכו"ם - mistakes of a non-Jew. Halachically such a mistake falls under the general rubric of returning lost objects. Halacha requires one to go to great lengths to return lost objects, but limits this to fellow Jews. If something is found in a location where it is most likely that it was a non-Jews item, then there ...


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Shulchan Aruch O.C. 448:5 rules that chometz which is found in your home after Pesach, even if you nullified it, is forbidden. The Tur there (cited by Magen Avraham and Taz) explains that we are worried that a person will say he nullified it even if he didn't. This isn't a problem for those crumbs that you don't want anyways. But for that box of cheerios ...


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If you simply read the "pshat" as recorded, it seems to work quite nicely (partly taken from Rav Menachem Leibtag). The brothers see Yishmaelim and therefore decide to sell Yosef. Before they get to it, Midyanim come and take him out of the bor (i.e. the pit) and sell him to the Yishmaelim (to bring to Egypt). Since the Midyanim, in effect, did the ...


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There is a health food store in Maryland owned by the 7th Day Adventists Church; many of their canned products are certified kosher by well-respected kashrut organizations. Nevertheless, Rabbi Hillel Klavan, shlita, who is also the son of the great rabbi of the early 20th Century, Rabbi Joshua Klavan, zt'l, emphatically told my wife and I that we should not ...


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Shulchan Aruch HaRav (OC 431:4) writes that the Chachamim don't allow you to retain Chametz on your property during Pesach for two reasons: 1) You may not mean it when you say it is hefker and 2) you may forget and go eat it. So if you are going to keep Chametz in your closet over Pesach, hefker won't be enough, it has to be sold. Selling Chametz is a much ...


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Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Zatzal says that it is permitted to purchase a car on Chol Hamoed if he is afraid that after Yom Tov he will not find such a quality car or the price will change. מותר לקנות מכונית וכד' אם יש חשש שאחרי החג לא ימצא כמוה בטיב או במחיר (שו"ע תקלט סע' ה).


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The Rivash, in Responsa 41, cited by Rema in Orach Chayim 450:6, writes that it is forbidden to purchase chometz for a non-Jew on Pesach, even using the money of the non-Jew to make the purchase. The Rivash has two points which he makes in forbidding this. The second, that the Jew is responsible for the chometz while it is under the jurisdiction of the ...


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The Rebbe gave the dollars to people to give to charity. People usually substituted it for another dollar, to keep the one from the Rebbe. Nevertheless, if one did give it to charity, of course that's alright. In this case, the dollar was given to you. If it was given to you to keep; then halachikly they'd be no problem, unless it was given to you on ...


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The parallel Chazzal to this is found in Rus Rabba 7 11. There the Eitz Yosef explains that the function of this kinyan was actually a ruse to ensure witnesses. He says the barrel of treats was smashed which brought all the children to come gather them. They in turn would remember what had transpired being that children have good memories, as it says ...


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The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch says in סימן קו - דיני מקח וממכר בחל המועד: סעיף ג': אִם חַל יָרִיד, שֶׁהוּא יוֹם הַשּׁוּק הַבָּא לִפְרָקִים, אוֹ יוֹם הַשּׁוּק שֶׁבְּכָל שָׁבוּעַ, אֶלָּא שֶׁעַתָּה הוּא קוֹדֵם הַחֲגָאוֹת שֶׁמִּתְאַסְּפִין קוֹנִים הַרְבֵּה, מֻתָּר לִמְכֹּר דְּכֵיוָן שֶׁהוּא דָּבָר שֶׁאֵינוֹ תָּדִיר חַשְׁבִינָן גַּם מְנִיעַת הָרֶוַח כְּמוֹ ...


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I believe Rav Menachem Leibtag has suggested that the emphasis on full payment, as well as the level of detail regarding the transaction, considering that this was the very first act of acquisition by the Jewish people of the land of Israel, is meant to serve as a proof of sorts that acquisition was legally sound and binding in perpetuity. In which case, ...


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Likutei Sichos 10 - page 63 - column 3 explains that Avraham wanted to pay in full, thus totally eradicating any connection Ephron had with this field. The lesson would thus be, that when one gets a discount or reduction in price from a seller, the buyer will remain indebted unless he pays its full price.


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Yosef's brothers pulled him up from the ditch and sold him to the Yishme'elim who sold him to the Midyanim who sold him to the Medanim who sold him to Potiphar (Sifte'i Hakhamim). To answer the second question: no (see above).


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In 1980 I published an article in the Baltimore Jewish Times called, "What the Matchmaker Did and Didn't Do for Me." I interviewed many matchmakers and their clients and made myself (then single, of course) a guinea pig for a Boro Park matchmaker. The matchmakers make it pretty clear, that they take the time to find someone who is appropriate for you, and ...


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This is a complex question and you need to ask a rav if this had practical implications. If this is a theoretical questions, one might learn from the laws of lost objects (asheivat aveida), second chapter of Bava Metsia (21a and ff), based on Devarim 22:1-3 If you see your brother's animal, you shall not hide from it; you must return it to the owner. ...


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R' Lebovitz's words In a 5775 issue of Halachically Speaking, R' Moishe Dovid Lebovitz of Kof-K Kosher Supervision writes: Practically speaking, we do business with non-Jews every business day of the year, even on their holidays. Many heterim are offered for this practice. [See: R' Ari Wasserman. Higyonei Haparsha: Shemos. Pages 276-278.] Some ...


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I asked these questions to one of the rabbis who worked for a local synagogue. He's a charedi Ashkenazi rabbi. He said the following: I shouldn't shop at a church-owned thrift store — that it's supporting idol worship. The only exception would be if it's one of the few denominations which treats Yoshke as a prophet, not as a god. Even if I would have to ...


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The primary source would be the Mishnayot in the 8th chapter of Kesuboth and the related Gemara. The Shulchan Aruch codes this in Even Ha'Ezer 84-85


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It's not that horses were exclusive to Egypt. Rather, Egypt was the source of the best and most sophisticatedly bred horses and would constantly look towards egypt to maintain his menagerie. A king with many horses make himself dependent on Egypt just as a country with many cars would be dependent on Saudi Arabia or Iran vayimach shemam. Sources: Little ...


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The Chofetz Chaim famously wrote that he saw many people keep the profits of a non-Jew's mistake, and it never went well for any of them. Generally, the right thing to do is to inform them of the mistake. If there's a long line and a rush to ring up the groceries, you could potentially argue that both the cashier and the management would rather lose ten ...


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Perhaps Mishna Nedarim 3:1 ? ג,א ארבעה נדרים התירו חכמים--נדרי זירוזין, נדרי הבאי, נדרי שגגות, נדרי אונסין. נדרי זירוזין: היה מוכר לו חפץ ואמר, קונם שאיני פוחת לך מן הסלע, והלה אומר קונם שאיני מוסיף לך על השקל, ושניהם רוצים בשלושה דינרין Four categories of vow were absolved by the rabbis ... a vow intended to spur someone else into action: If I ...


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In Shu't Avnei Neizer 381.2 he justifies the language of על ביעור חמץ even though לבער would seem to be more appropriate, as Tosafos and Ran already addressed. He says that the mitzvah of biur chametz is accomplished at the onset of Pesach. It is not a mitzvah accomplished at the time of biur, rather it is fulfilled when Pesach arrives after one has done the ...


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The formulation for bitul chametz is is כל חמירא וחמיעא דאיכא ברשותי, דחזיתיה ודלא חזיתיה, דבערתיה ודלא בערתיה, לבטיל ולהוי הפקר כעפרא דארעא" Significant amounts of chametz cannot be nullified since it wouldn't realistically be possible to see it as "dust."


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The original practice of Bittul (Pesachim 6b) was for after one searched for and found all Chametz, and essentially we are left a concern that maybe he will find something small on Pesach that he missed, essentially saying "that too is as irrelevant as dust." It does not help for a locked away closet full of Chametz. That being said, as a Torah matter, it ...



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