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Shehechayanu for online transactions

The Shulchan Aruch (OC 223:4) rules one should recite shehecheyanu when making certain purchases of important new items. My question is whether they should recite it for an online transaction, or if ...
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Stocks of mostly gentile owned banks with mostly gentile clients

In Halacha, it is prohibited for Jews to give their money to gentiles to lend at interest to other Jews (Tosefta Bava Metzia 5:8). However, if a majority gentile-owned bank has a majority gentile ...
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Is onaah prohibited for mitzvah items

According to Halacha, Jews should not overcharge significantly when selling items (Onaah) on the principle it’s bad to price higher than a product’s value. However, there are statements throughout ...
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Does geneivat daat mean guaranteed refund

If someone bought something that was sold to them by means of geneivat daat (though they were not technically lied to), do they have an inherent right to get refunded? By geneivat daat I mean ...
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Are women obligated in the positive commandment of remission on Shemitta?

According to Halacha, Jews are supposed to remit the debts of other Jews every 7 years during the Shemitta year, which has a positive commandment and a negative commandment (aseh sheba and lav sheba). ...
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Antitrust in Halacha

In Halacha, is there a notion of antitrust in the sense of there being a problem with a business starting up in an area to compete against another business and buying up that business? Antitrust in ...
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Is carried interest ribbit

In Halacha, is carried interest prohibited as ribbit? For instance say Jew 1 owns an investment management fund, and Jew 2 goes to him, pays for the value of the profit from the stock trading and in ...
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Onaah with variations of an item

There is a Halachic prohibition of Onaah, overcharging the price of a commodity in a market above market price (Choshen Mishpat 227). Halacha does permit setting a high pricing on new types of goods ...
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Is there a limit to how much profit one should make [duplicate]

Should one refrain from excessive profit, such as when one charges 800 dollars or more for an item made for under ten dollars.
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Buying seforim online

Is there a problem with buying seforim from a (non-Jewish) online seller, such as Amazon? eg. do we need to worry about how they have treated the seforim (eg. thrown the packages around)? If there ...
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Texting/phone calls greetings and business

Is one allowed to text/call someone else before shacharit to greet them or do business? Would it be different from regular speech or no? And this is in a case without financial loss to be clear. ...
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Freeing a slave by kinyan

Gittin 39b tells the story of a slavewoman whose master attempted to free her by giving her his hat. But this wasn’t valid because it was HIS hat. For the transfer to be valid, the object would have ...
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Can you buy clothes during the Nine Days, for a job interview during the Nine Days, if you lack any appropriate clothing?

Imagine that an unemployed person suddenly gets a job interview scheduled for two days before Tisha B'Av, but doesn't have something appropriate to wear to the interview. May he/she buy new clothing ...
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Kashrus status of Yogurtland

I am trying to get some more insight into the Kashrus status of Yogurtland, and other similar frozen yogurt franchises. I know that many (if not all) of their flavors are listed on the KSA's website ...
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Torah as a bar metzra

The Gemara in Shabbos 88b, shows a famous dialogue between Moshe Rabbeinu and the melachim, when Moshe ascended to the Heavens, after Matan Torah. And Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: When Moses ...
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Acquiring assets by looking at it and saying "pick it up for me"

The Mishnah in Bava Metzia, perek 1:3 says: If one was riding on an animal and saw a found item, and said to another person who was walking beside him: Give it to me, if the pedestrian took it and ...
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What is ma'amad sh'loshtan and where in Rambam is it defined?

In Sheluchin veShuttafin 3:7 (also other places in Rambam) ma'amad sh'loshtan is mentioned The only way a person can transfer ownership of a debt is through a ma'amad sh'loshtan - which is a dictate ...
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Obligation to Purchase Sta"m from non-Jew

According to a halacha I read, There is an obligation to purchase any Sta”m which is in the possession of a non-Jew. If such items remain in his possession, they may become desecrated. If the non-Jew ...
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Kinyan agav for mishloach manos

I know it's not timely, but this is a question I had thought about this past Purim. I already have some developed ideas, but I'm interested in hearing the oilam's thoughts. And the same question could ...
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When did publishers stop asserting a monopoly on printings of books in the common domain?

Usually, when a book is published, it reflects the original creative work of scholars, authors and editors who deserve the benefit of that work. So naturally it’s understood that other parties are not ...
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Mechirat Chametz on Internet

I see that many Jewish sites make Mechirat Chametz on the Internet. I know that traditionally, people make the sale by writing a Shtar and using a Kinyan Sudar to make the Rav a Shaliach to sell the ...
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Are these bicycles hefker?

I work on a University campus. Adjacent to my building is a bicycle rack, to which several bikes have been locked since the start of the academic year (end of August). It's clear that these bikes have ...
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Jumping elephants

There has been a conflict for a while between Orthodox Jews, some of them gedolim, concerning works by a certain author. One of the points of conflict is something he said about a Tosefos in Kiddushin ...
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Midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave

A few days ago I saw in a library book a midrash on the sale of the Machpelah Cave. The midrash detailed the names of the four witnesses who signed their names on the deed. Unfortunately, I returned ...
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(Auto)paying for chametz on Pesach [duplicate]

My understanding is that one only acquires movable objects, such as food items, by moving them physically (e.g. lifting or pulling them; or by acquiring them along with land; or via chalipin exchange, ...
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What is the ruling on selling dogs?

If I understand correctly as long as the breed of dog isn’t considered vicious then owning it would be okay but not ideal, But would one be allowed to sell a dog/puppy and benefit from its sale?
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Do the Sources include any halacha on insurance companies?

Is there any evidence that they had insurance companies, with policies and premiums, in biblical or Talmudic times? If so, what halachic constraints were placed on these practices?
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Mishnayos Set- Many Commentaries

Does anyone know if there are any Mishnayos sets which have both the Rash Mishantz and the late commentaries? Basically a normal mishnayos set combined with the mishnayos printed in the gemara sets? ...
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Buying commodities of lean hogs

Is there any halachic problem with buying or selling commodities of lean hogs? Commodities are similar to the stock exchange, except one trades commodities such as wheat or crude oil.
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Can one sell chametz during a pandemic

The halachic transfer of property between parties (chaloth kinyan) conventionally involves a physical exchange of a tangible object (maaseh kinyan). For example, the rabbi of the synagogue I used to ...
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Is an "Ateret Chatan" only for Chassanim?

I really like the kind of atara for a tallis that has rows of metal squares (like this). On this link, it is called an "Ateret Chatan" and the description says "A popular addition to a tallis for a ...
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Is it forbidden to buy bad merchandise in order to get a refund?

The background: I bought neodymium magnets from China off of ebay. The magnets were NOT neodymium and the item was not as good as I expected. This is a common Chinese practice on ebay. The Chinese ...
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OK to pay for minyan?

If a minyan is needed and can't easily be found, is it OK to pay Jews to attend, who would not come otherwise? And is a negotiation on the price seemly?
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Paying taxes to a corrupted government [duplicate]

There are many countries with corrupted governments who steal taxpayers' money. Is one still obliged to pay taxes if the government is corrupted and steals a big fraction of the taxes one pays? What's ...
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Would buying kosher meat serve as identifying one as being a "religious jew"? [closed]

Suppose if one is shopping at a grocery store and is checking out with food including kosher meat. If that person isn't wearing any other Jewish signs (e.g tzitzis, kippah, etc.), is that enough to "...
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"A y'vama acquires herself through chalitza", really?

The first mishnayos of Kidushin, in Sefaria's Silverstein translation, bracketed remarks omitted: A woman is acquired in three ways, and she acquires herself in two ways. She is acquired by money, by ...
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What are the 10 kinyanim with buying and selling? [closed]

Can someone please provide for me a list of the 10 kinyanim with their names in Hebrew? I can't find one anywhere! thanks.
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Can you buy chametz during Pesach that will be delivered after Pesach?

As an example, during Hol Hamo'ed Pesach, could you buy chametz online knowing that it will arrive after Pesach? My assumption is that it would be OK, as the buyer doesn't actually own the product ...
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When do you own the food in your farm-share box?

In a farm share (CSA, community-supported agriculture), at the beginning of a season you subscribe to and pay for a share, and then you receive regular deliveries of whatever food those farms produced ...
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Selling chametz if two people share a house?

I was just wondering a general law about the sale of chametz (specifically through chabad.org but also in general), that if two people jointly own a house, then should they each individually fill out ...
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How to understand this Tosfos in Megila 5b

This is a Tosfos from Megilah 5b which is talking about lessening the different type of work(s) of simcha on Purim. However, I'm a bit troubled on understanding the last 6 words. What does Tosfos mean?...
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Is selling something at a large profit ona'ah (wronging another)?

What would sources say about the following scenario: let’s say you buy a pen for about $20 and two erasers for $5 each, equaling $30 in total. The person who bought these things sells them for $40, ...
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Selling an electronic cigarette to a minor

Is it a sin to sell an electronic cigarette it to a minor? Please cite sources.
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Doing Business with a Jew

The Gemorah in Bava Metzia 71a teaches that one must give preference to a Jew when offering out loans even when it will cause a loss to the lender since he won't be able to charge interest. ...
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Are you allowed to request someone to buy a product that by law you would not be allowed to buy?

Follow up to this M.Y. question... In most states, people under 18 aren't allowed to buy alcohol, because the law wants to discourage young kids from consuming it. The buying, per se, is not the ...
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Getting something that requires you to be over 18 when you’re not

Are there any sources that would constitute the following as stealing/gezel: If one buys a product that the website requires one to be 18 years or older to purchase and is underage? So let’s say you ...
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Halachic issues with buying an item for cheap when owner doesnt know true value

What are the halachic problems that arise when one buys an item at a discount but the owner is unaware of the true value? This can apply to a yard sale where one buys a coin that they know is worth ...
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Buying online on friday

Can you buy something from a large online retailer (eg Amazon), which employs non-Jews, on Friday if it has one-day shipping? This would force someone to do the work of mailing/transporting the ...
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Halachot of standing in a supermarket line

Looking for a Shu"T that covers the following issues of standing in a supermarket line (assuming there are no Dina DM laws covering that): Is standing in a line a sort of Kinyan? Is it a monetary ...
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May a seller offer a reward on a sale, which he explicitly limits only to cash (not credit) sales?

It is forbidden to explicitly set two tiered pricing for sales, A lower price for cash payment & a higher price for credit (delayed) payment. The additional payment for credit is considered ribbis ...
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