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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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What is the halachic status of a Corporation?

Some of the modern poskim's opinions on this issue (though not all issue regarding their halachic status might be treated the same way - CYLOR): R. Menashe Klein (Mishnah Halakhos 6:277) and R. ...
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How does one rectify money fraud done earlier in his life?

Just to redact the fantastic comments of DoubleAA and of Danny Schoemann into a consolidated answer format: There are the general steps of repentance, namely: 1) Regret that he did it. 2) Stop doing ...
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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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May I 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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Is it halachically permissible for a Jew to own a casino?

There are discussions of whether it's permitted to walk into a casino and gamble, but the Gemara makes it clear (Sanhedrin 24b) that a person whose only job is getting people's money via gambling is "...
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Transacting with a Jewish owned company who profited from chometz on Pesach

The gemara in kiddushin 58a says that the only issurei hana'ah that have a problem of tefisat damim (the prohibition of the monetary exchange) are avoda zara (idolatry), hekdesh (consecrated items**), ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Buying from Hasogas Gevul

There is a concept in Halacha of not encouraging somebody to continue his evil ways. For example: One may not buy from a thief, as this encourages him to continue stealing. If this is a real case of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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How do Interest Loans work in Israel?

From: THE PROHIBITION OF RIBBIT IN THE MODERN WORLD WHAT IS THE HETER ISKA? Halakha makes use of "evasions" of the law in various different realms. The idea of the heter iska arose already in ...
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Posting Advertisements on Chol Hamoed

See heWikipedia which records the types of permitted work on Chol Hamoed: צרכי אוכל נפש: preparation of food for the moed days. שאר צורכי המועד: other things needed for the moed. מלאכת ...
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May I shop at a church-owned thrift store?

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 ...
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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 mislead 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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