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Is there a teaching that states, those who work deserve to be paid?

Wages must be paid to an employee, and paid on time: Vayikra 19:13: לֹֽא־תַעֲשֹׁ֥ק אֶת־רֵֽעֲךָ֖ וְלֹ֣א תִגְזֹ֑ל לֹֽא־תָלִ֞ין פְּעֻלַּ֥ת שָׂכִ֛יר אִתְּךָ֖ עַד־בֹּֽקֶר׃ You shall not defraud your ...
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How to suggest a kosher restaurant for a meeting?

In most cases, when this sort of thing comes up I say something like: "I have some dietary restrictions and wouldn't be able to eat there; could we meet at $other_restaurant instead?". For someone ...
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Mitzvah of hachnasat orchim at a B&B

Per Rabbi Chaim Ehrman from the Chicago Community Kollel based on a Maharsham there are Poskim that say that since Hachnosas Orchim is a Mitzva therefore one may accept payment for one staying over ...
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Can one charge coffee to one's room on Shabbos?

The Ramban in his commentary to Vayikra 23:24, explains that the Biblical word "Shabaton" is the Rabbinical source for forbidding business transactions on Shabbos. It implies that one should rest, by ...
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Can you shop at a church-owned thrift store?

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 ...
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Books about business and Torah

I really liked the following books on the intersection of Torah and business life Naftali Horowitz's You Revealed: the author is a very successful banker who shares a Torah perspective on working for ...
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Can you shop at a church-owned thrift store?

I asked my 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 ...
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Corporations, Jewish Shareholders and Interest

CYLOR, especially as this is a relatively modern question that I don't think is agreed upon by all of the contemporary poskim. I believe that most poskim are of the opinion that a limited liability ...
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Can a Jew own a non-kosher butchery?

Can a Jew own a non-kosher-food butchery that sells pig? NO but maybe if he only owns stock in the butchery it is permitted since he does not own it in such a way that he has the right to eat ...
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How would a Jew be allowed to sell gasoline in the U.S.?

I don't see the stated problem here. Gasoline is a continuous fluid to more digits than we can actually measure with the comparatively crude instruments used in gas pumps. He's not selling a gallon ...
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Can one invest in a Jewish-controlled company which performs work on Shabbas?

This is a good and difficult question that needs some introduction to those less familiar with the relevant laws. Skip to the line break below if you don't want the intro. A preview of the answer is ...
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Internet shopping after browsing in a store

From an article by Rabbi Meir Orlian, answering this question It is permissible to browse, though, if there is a possibility that you might buy there. Any store owner knows that potential ...
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Selling Gemara to non-Jews

You definitely need to ask a rav. It is possible this is permitted in case of non-Jews who will handle the sefarim with respect but likely this is NOT permitted in case of messianic Jews. Two ...
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Halachic issues with buying an item for cheap when owner doesnt know true value

Upon investigation, I found in the sefer Mishpetei HaTorah from Dayan Tzvi Shpitz Chelek 2:26 a similar type case. He relates that Reuvein found an old copy of the Rambam in genizah. He then sold it ...
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Can a person talk about past business deals on Shabbos?

Assuming everything has been completed from that deal, it is permitted. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 307:6 writes this explicitly; see Mishnah Berurah and Aruch Hashulchan for further details, including ...
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What halachic issues are involved in using a recruiter to poach a currently employed employee?

It seems to be allowed, under circumstances. The following information can be found in great detail in the Sefer: Headlines Halachic Debates Of Current Events: Poaching Employees from Rival Companies ...
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Working for a church

Since no one answered, I asked a very chashuv Rav IRL. Apparently it's an explicit teshuva from Rav Moshe Feinstein. Igros Moshe Y"D 1:68 Rav Moshe was asked by an architect if he's allowed to ...
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Can a village / shtetl rabbi require the merchants to close their shops for a funeral?

The Aruch Hashulchan Yore Dea 361,4 says that even if the person buried is ignorant of Torah everyone should stop working in his honour, and for someone who has learnt Torah we stop learning in order ...
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App featuring material written on Shabbos & lashon hora

The topic of operating apps/sites on Shabbat is complex, an entire book (Commerce and Shabbos) was written on it by R Yosef Y Kushner. In general it is permitted to write an app that will maybe be ...
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Can an automated online service business operate on shabbat?

This is a very interesting question which I looked up recently. The most comprehensive treatment I found is by R Doniel Neustadt, author of the Daily/Monthly Halacha books. This is found in the Ohr ...
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Operating a business on Shabbat with a non-Jewish partner

There are many cases of businesses operated on Shabbat in partnership with non-Jews. The classical case is that of a nursing home operated by a Jew, which needs to remain open and functioning on ...
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Buying commodities of lean hogs

It would seem from the Halachic literature that the problem of selling non-kosher food or animals is only if there's a risk of eating the non-kosher things one sells. If one is a middle-man then it's ...
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Books about business and Torah

In a similar mould to the recent sefer produced about Reb Moshe Reichmann, Artscroll also published by the famed author Rabbi Nachman Seltzer an autobiography of Reb Getzel Berger who was essentially ...
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Rambam seems to say that a craftsmen's Union may restrict competition. Is this in line with Chazal's thinking?

The rules for guilds and such are laid out in the first perek of Bava Basra. Unfettered competition can violate the rule of "Lo sasig" which forbids a person to encroach on his neighbor's ...
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Stock trading Chol Hamoed

Work that must be done to avoid loss or damage is permitted on Chol Hamoed (it is called davar ha-aved). As such some halachic authorities permit selling stock that you are afraid might lose value, ...
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Mezuzah on a store door?

The practice is to put up a mezuza without a blessing. The simple summary (from aish) is Some of the earlier authorities did not consider an office a true place of residence since we do not truly ...
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Is it permissible for a Jew to hire a gentile to operate a business during Shabbat?

If you, alone, own the business (not with a non-Jewish partner), I would say you may not hire a non-Jew to operate it on Shabbat. The Ohr HaChaim writes about Exodus 20:10: The Torah may also wish ...
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Is onaah prohibited for mitzvah items

Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat 227:15, ultimately from Bava Metzia 58b: בכל מטלטלים שייך אונאה אפילו בספרים Onaah applies to all movable objects, even [holy] books In Bava Metzia there R. Yehudah ...
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Is the use of the term "Glatt Kosher" a case of "Genivat Da'at"?

Not Lifnei Iver, as no one is being misled into committing a sin. One could argue that it perhaps borders on false (or ignorant) marketing, when applied to products besides meat. However, as the ...
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Would an Islamic Bank Account be preferable to a Jew?

If by "A regular bank" you mean another non-Jewish bank, then according to some poskim it is preferable to charge interest when lending money to a non-Jew, rather than to give him an interest-free ...
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