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Questions about the Jewish Code of monetary and civil law.

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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 ...
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What do children own?

Is there truth to the saying I heard in orthodox houses, namely that if the parents support the children (even after 13/12) everything belongs to them? What is the source of this (truth or falsehood)?...
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rambam saying if someone cheated you

I remember learning in Rambam that in cases where the one that was cheated can not prove it he says something like "the one that cheated me should be ..." what is the correct saying, i am looking ...
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Selling fraudulent goods in the Rova

I was walking in the Rova (Jewish Quarter of the Old City) today after Shacharit and I noticed something which I found to be quite disconcerting. There is a Messianic "Jewish" store selling "...
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Jewish Law in Employer/employee relationships

I saw, in an article on "Halachic Considerations of Firing Employees" by Rav Dovid Grossman of The Bais HaVaad Halacha Center: Hagaon Rav Moshe Feinstein Zt"l writes a tremendous chiddush in ...
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What kind of physical damage affects a contracts validity (if any)?

This question had a picture of a Ketuba with some damage to the paper. In Jewish Law, what kind of damage would invalidate a contract? In that Ketuba, for example, the standard text is ripped, but ...
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Are you allowed to fix a raffle?

Schools (or camps) sometimes make raffles for their students. If you "Daven well", you get a ticket to a raffle taking place in the afternoon. Sometimes, for good reasons or not, the school decides ...
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Is there “פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר” or a “מגו” in American law? [closed]

Does anyone know if there is any equivalent or usage of the principle "פה שאסר הוא פה שהתיר" or a "מגו" in American law that could help illustrate the principle? A basic explanation of the principle ...
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Liability for stealing one shoe

Suppose Alice has a pair of shoes, worth $100. Bob steals one of the shoes and destroys it. Setting aside any special penalties, If Bob is caught and found liable, does he have to pay Alice back $50 ...
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Hitting a double-parked car

So a friend of mine showed me a Shulchan Aruch (C.M. 412:1 and 412:2) the other day (which is based on a gemara in Bava Kama). To paraphrase the relevant points of the original text: In 412:1 it ...
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Are you responsible for your client's/customer's representations of your contract?

A business has a Government contract where the Government pays for all lease expenses. This business wants to enter into a contract with a software developer to develop software, but to structure the ...
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Magazine subscription that doesn't cancel

Many magazines (in the United States, anyway) today find the main profitability is in having higher subscriber numbers to show advertisers and really don't care if the subscriber is paying. The main ...
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What's the difference between נכסי צאן ברזל and נכסי מלוג?

What's the difference between נכסי צאן ברזל and נכסי מלוג? Is there more than one difference. When asking a prior question for what the Hebrew term for "living trust" was i got those two as a response ...
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Do any communities have the non-Jew come get some of his chametz?

There is an established practice to sell one's chametz (leavened products) to a non-Jew over Passover to avoid the biblical prohibition of a Jew owning chametz during the festival. Unfortunately, ...
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Is there Ribis in America?

Rav Moshe Feinstein, z"l, is lenient with regard to allowing the loaning of money to a corporation because he maintains that the prohibition of ribis (usury) only applies where there is a shibud haguf ...
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A “lie” which is not considered a lie because everyone knows it

I remember, when I learned Seder Nezikin, that there are trading situations in which a seller lies to a buyer (e.g. exaggerates the merits of his product), but, this is not considered deception, ...
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Paying for a forbidden service

If one hires someone to do a service that is halachically forbidden, is he obligated/allowed to pay for it, e.g. blei gissen.
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Is there an order in repaying loans?

If Reuven borrowed money from several people, and has enough money to pay back all the loans, just not all at the same time (say, for example, if he has money tied up in real estate or something), are ...
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What are the parameters of the prohibition on mesirah? [duplicate]

In many recent high profile cases, (notably in Australia) people who attempt to report sexual abuse of children to secular authorities have been called mosers and ostracized by certain sections of ...
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Does a seller acquire each coin one at a time, or all at once?

Let's say i owe someone 5 coins. I hand them to him one at a time. Does he acquire each one as i hand it to him, or does he get all of them after all 5 are in his hand? When exactly does ownership get ...
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Trespassing on Public Parks

If a state or federal park is closed, is it against halacha to go there anyway (if you are not damaging the property)? (Thoughts: I would assume it is g'neiva because it is not my property. However,...
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Does Judaism adjudicate cases involving mental anguish?

If a non-physical act, such as exposure to viewing something which the current medical field would deem traumatizing, is intentionally perpetrated by one person on another, are there any legal ...
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Repaying debts with micropayments?

I vaguely recall hearing once that our sages do not view with favor, and have a special name for, the situation where a debtor -- presumably one who can afford to repay his debt within the originally ...
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What Have Modern Posqim said about Nuclear Weapons?

I'm looking to find teshuvot from modern posqim that discuss the permissability of possessing and using nuclear weapons.
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What is/are the Halachic standard(s) of proof

This answer suggests a standard of "beyond a shadow of a doubt". That type of term is very popular from an English Law perspective, which has varying standards of "proof". Among them: Probable cause (...
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Being appointed to a jury in a case between two Jews

In the U.S., a person can be appointed as a juror without volunteering for the position. If a person would find themselves appointed as a juror over a monetary dispute between two Jews, how should ...
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May a person with a nature of getting angry be a dayan?

I sit in a beis din with a dayan who gets angry very easily. He can't seem to control his anger, causing great anguish to the litigants, and a big chilul Hashem at times. I have been asked to approach ...
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Is one allowed to bid on a house if he knows another Jew has already made an offer?

This question is related to the halachic concept of ani hamehapech b'charara, or tortious interference, which I happened to just come across in studying Mishnah Peah. If one has been looking at a ...