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Questions tagged [choshen-mishpat-civil-law]

Questions about the Jewish Code of monetary and civil law.

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Unpaid Guardian Holding Object

If there was no duration assigned originally, when must an unpaid guardian return an object he was protecting? (e.g., Tom guards Harry's money for a couple weeks for free, but when Harry returns to ...
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How to beware of the prohibition of Ona'a?

When learning about Ona'a (ShuA CM רכ"ז) I notice, that despite the long list of Halochos there are no measures of prevention mentioned either for the seller or the buyer(as far as I could see). I ...
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Can G-d be put in Charem

I came across this article: The Time Has Come for God to Reveal the Messiah, Says Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi. The jist of the article that Chief Rabbi Amar and two other Rabbis announced as a ruling ...
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Who’s stealing from whom?

Reuven is head of an institution and is paid by the board for specific hours of work for the members. Reuven is late every day by 15 minutes. The members complain to the board that Reuven gives 15 ...
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Shoveling snow on to the neighbor's lawn or the street

Reuven and Shim'on are neighbors. They haven't discussed this matter, and Shim'on isn't available to consult. When Reuven is shoveling snow off of his walk, may he throw it onto Shim'on's lawn? Assume ...
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Do I have first rights to slaughter on the day I buy a child or parent animal?

Rule: וְשׁ֖וֹר אוֹ־שֶׂ֑ה אֹת֣וֹ וְאֶת־בְּנ֔וֹ לֹ֥א תִשְׁחֲט֖וּ בְּי֥וֹם אֶחָֽד׃ However, no animal from the herd or from the flock shall be slaughtered on the same day with its young. If I ...
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Where's the Ketzos Hachoshen about hashava?

I remember many years ago learning a ketzos who quotes an acharon (with a name similar to sason, I think) that the monetary obligation incumbent on a thief flows from the torah's commandment to return ...
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Is there an “implied” liability for damages caused after something was fixed?

You had a leak under your kitchen sink. You called someone to fix the broken pipe. The person fixes it and makes sure that the pipe no longer leaks. You use the sink "normally" (i.e., you didn't "...
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Do sales follow the common usage of the term, or the Gemara’s usage?

Yoma 44b-45a says there are seven types of gold: gold, good gold, Ophir gold, Mufaz gold, Shachut gold, Sagur good, and Paryavam gold, and proceeds to explain what they are. Let’s say that Reuven ...
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Shipping a package to an empty house

Are there any sources in Halacha that would suggest shipping a package to a random house in my neighborhood that no one lives in and taking the package is a sin? (The house is for sale, also you ...
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If a mega on-line company ships you two of an item when you ordered one and charges you for one, are you obligated to notify them of the error? [duplicate]

Let's say you place an order for three items A, B, and C. You order quantity one of each, but get two of item B, because the company shipped from multiple warehouses (i.e., shipped two of the item by ...
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Who owns the air above a balcony (to build a Succah)?

Contemporary buildings in Jerusalem for Haredim are built in such a manner, that the balcony of the first floor extends to, say, 20 feet, 2nd floor 17 feet, 3rd floor 14 etc, so each one has 3 feet of ...
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Amazon sent extra book, should I return it? [closed]

I ordered one book from Amazon, but received two (of the same). Should I return it?
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May someone cordon of an area of a public place for his own use and not let others come within that area

May someone cordon of an area of a public place for his own use and not let others come within that area. 1- May one make a show performance etc. in a public place and only allow people who pay to ...
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Are signed contracts binding after death for payments to be paid out over time?

Let’s say Reuven signed a contract that binds him to pay Shimon $100 per month, for 30 months. Reuven dies after, say, 15 months. What is Reuven’s heirs’ responsibility toward Shimon? Do they have to ...
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Hackintosh in Halacha

A Hackintosh is a bootlegged version of Apple's macOS loaded onto a computer that has not been manufactured by Apple and doesn't have a license to run macOS. According to Apple's macOS license, I. ...
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Upon whom lies the obligation to seek out the most reasonably priced repairman for damages done?

If someone damaged someone else's property, and it can be repaired, upon whom lies the obligation to seek out the most reasonably priced repairman, on the person who did the damage, (the מזיק), since ...
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If …אין אדם נוגע במוכן לחבירו, then why is there an איסור of השגת גבול / יורד לאומנות חבירו to infringe on someone else's parnasah?

Gemara Yoma 38b גמרא יומא לח עמוד ב אין אדם נוגע במוכן לחבירו... אפי' כמלא נימא Everyone has a portion designated for him by God, and the individual is privileged to receive what is coming ...
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Can someone make a neder [vow] not to have any benefit from the area near the exit of someone else's house while he is in that house?

If a person invites someone into his house, and the invitee makes a neder [vow] not to have any benefit [ מודר הנאה] from any area near an exit of his host's house, Is the neder valid. If so, can he ...
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Who pays for replacement korban?

When the kohen does an avodah shelo l'shma and the baal must bring another, who pays for the second animal?
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Can someone demand the return of a gift that was not used properly?

Let's say my friend tells me that he needs $2,000 to pay his rent. I give him the money and tell him that I expect that he use this money only to pay the rent. I discover that he eventually used the ...
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Borrower loses one item of a set or pair - what do they pay?

If I lend out a pair of items, and the borrower loses one, are they required to pay the estimated value of the object lost, or the replacement cost? For example, suppose I lent out a pair of Walkie ...
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Internet shopping after browsing in a store

This question is acutely relevant today. You are shopping for something. Your plan is to go to a lot of brick-and-mortar stores, see the item, feel it, ask the salespersons lots of questions, then ...
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Dayanus taught at the 770 Central Yeshiva

Does anyone know what the Dayanus curriculum is taught at the 770 central Yeshiva today?
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Why are the halachot of Ribit (interest) in Yoreh Deah

The halachot of ריבית seem to be a monetary issue having to do with borrowing, lending, and general business issues. As such it seems like they should be in חושן משפט, but they're not - they're in ...
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Are a shomer sachar and a nosey sachar synonyms?

In a couple areas of Bava Kamma and Bava Metziah I've seen the term נושא שכר listed with a shomer chinam, a socher, and a sho'el. Is the noseh sakhar a synonym for a shomer sachar, or are these ...
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Bought stolen watch that a Gentile stole from another Jew

If i bought a watch from a gentile and then a few weeks later another Jew, with verifiable proof that this was his grandfathers watch, claims it was stolen, am i obligated to return the watch to this ...
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Hezek re'iyah and dina d'malchusa

Assuming all the necessary local zoning permits were received, can a Jewish institution or individual build a construction (such as a school playground) with a view of private property (e.g., a ...
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When is desiring another man's property permitted

Reading the Rambam Hilchot G'zela V'aveda Halacha 9-10: Anyone who covets a servant, a maidservant, a house or utensils that belong to a colleague, or any other article that he can purchase ...
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Is there such a thing as losing your Chazaka on contracts?

Let's say I come to court, claiming that I bought field A with a contract. That contract was found to be a forgery. I lose. I come back the next day, saying that within the past day I bought the ...
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In modern Beis Din, can one Toen VeChozer VeToen?

The Gemara (Bava Basra 31a) says that one can change his claim (somewhat) as long as he didn't leave court, since we suspect that someone taught him new claims: ומודי עולא היכא דא"ל של אבותי ולא של ...
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Sanhedrin Redefining the simple translation of a Passuk

The Sanhedrin are empowered with the capability of defining a certain word or verse in the Torah through a Drasha exegesis (cf. Hilkhot Mamrim 1:3). Firstly, does this mean that before the Sanhedrin ...
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Why don't sellers have to clean their measures after every use?

In daf yomi I came across this mishna on Bava Batra 88a (quote with glosses is from Sefaria): A storekeeper, who constantly sells merchandise in small quantities, cleans his measuring vessels twice ...
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Double refund on a purchase

Take the following hypothetical scenario: I bought an item from a third-party retailer. The item was faulty, so I reached out to the manufacturer for a refund. The manufacturer didn't respond, so I ...
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Why can't a Jew be the agent of a non Jew

I was told in an answer to one of my questions that in Shulchan Aruch Hoshen Mishpat 188:1) it says Jew cannot be the agent of a non Jew and I saw it again in this schul handout below. What is the ...
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Ribbis and Ona'ah in Monopoly

In a game like Monopoly, where the "money" is absolutely worthless, would charging ribbis (interest) or ona'ah (overcharging/undercharging) be permissible? That is, if a player owned, say, ...
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Safek Leket Leket vs. Hamotzi Mechaveiro

On the one hand, the Mishnah (Pe'ah 4:11) records that doubtful leket goes to the poor. (Yes, I am aware that R' Meir says that. The Tosfos Yom Tov holds that everyone holds of that in principle and ...
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Onaah and the Black Market

The issur of onaah applies when one charges more than an additional sixth of the market price. Does one have to take into account competition with black market prices (where goods in this case are ...
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How could laws related to “private life” be enforceable in Ancient Israel?

Obviously, mitzvot that are broken publicly, or that are found out carried with them enforceable punishments -- such as execution for murder or adultery, or retribution for theft or usury. However, my ...
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Progressive Tax and Onaah

Is there an issue of a (halachic) government taxing individuals on the basis of their income?
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if there was a caliphate established would the jews have to pay the jizya

If there was a caliphate established in America would Jews be required to pay the jizya, according to Halacha, since the caliphate would be the government of the land Background: Jizya is a per ...
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Could this passage have any relevance to artificial intelligence?

I've seen numerous different discussions online about how to handle artificial intelligence with regards to moral laws. How should we, as orthodox Jews, dispatch of these problems? I turn to this law ...
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What was a shtar (document) for?

It seems that a possible prerequisite of knowing What recourse is available for someone whose property was seized by a creditor of the seller? is knowing what happened to a loan document? When ...
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Damages and two defendants — how would a beit din resolve?

A friend recently sat on a jury in a civil case where there were two defendants in the case of an injured party, each claiming the other was responsible, and the jury had to decide. I'm curious how a ...
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What recourse is available for someone whose property was seized by a creditor of the seller?

Let's say Reuven owes Shimon $1000 (because of a loan). Reuven then sells his only piece of land (that happens to be worth $1000) to Levi. This land in Levi's possession is now considered a נכס משעובד ...
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Pirating software that has already been bought

Say, for instance, that I've previously bought a set of DVDs (for example, the workout program P90x, which contains several DVDs in a set), and that I am currently in a different country and have not ...
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Must you inform someone if you know you could save them from losing money?

Must you inform someone if you know you could save them from losing money? For example, if you work in an office building, and you realize a window which should be shut is open and resulting in ...
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Is there monetary compensation for injuring a fetus?

If someone kills a fetus inside a woman, they have to pay a monetary payment for it (Shemos 21:22). If someone blinds the eye of their fetal slave, the fetus does not thereby gain its freedom (unlike ...
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Why isn't maakeh in the Tur?

The chapters in Shulchan Aruch generally follows those in Tur, with a couple of exceptions here and there. One of those exceptions is that SA adds a final chapter, 427, to Choshen Mishpat discuss the ...
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Very small damage to someone else's property

If someone walks past a parked car with a stroller, the stroller got caught on the plastic casing around the number plate and a small piece broke off, is it wrong to walk off? What would halacha say ...