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Cases In Monetary Halachah/

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Cases In Monetary Halachah
Contemporary issues and answers related to the laws of Choshen Mishpat for home, school and business d

By Rabbi Tzvi Spitz (Author) 
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Catalog #: CAM1H
ISBN-10: 1578195985
ISBN-13: 9781578195985
Binding: Hardcover / Pages: 342
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches / Weight: 1.65 LBS
Published: by ArtScroll Mesorah Publications

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Ten Thousand Dollars Mistakenly Thrown Out
Public Arguments Over Whether a Window Should be Open or Closed


You sat on someone’s glasses and broke them. Must you pay?

You set a trap for a trespasser and caught him -- but he was injured. Are you responsible?

Someone spoke a shidduch for you, and you are engaged! Mazel tov! How much must you pay the shadchan?

Your latecoming friend asks you to save him a seat at a lecture. Are you allowed to?

These are just a small sample of the everyday, practical questions that are answered in this book by Rabbi Tzvi Spitz, a dayan in Jerusalem. Well over a hundred such questions are discussed in this marvelously enlightening book. Rabbi Spitz is a great teacher as well as a judge. He poses the question, briefly gives the answer -- and then explains the Talmudic and Halachic reasoning behind the response.

This book will give the reader a fascinating and enlightening primer in the field of monetary Halachah. The reader will not become a rabbinic judge, but he will become knowledgeable and will gain important insight into the intricate logic of Choshen Mishpat, the section of Halachah that deals with monetary law and relations with others.

Some of the sections in this important new work are: Negligence; Renting, Borrowing, and Supervising; Assessment and Compensation; Employers and Employees; Partnerships; Neighborly Relations; Buying and Selling; and Returning Lost Objects. In short, there is something in this book for everyone -- and the guidelines the reader will derive from the discussions of these real-life cases will train him or her in how to conduct life according the Torah’s practical guidelines. Indeed, to do otherwise may well involve serious transgressions.

Above all, these are practical, down-to-earth discussions by a man who actually decides such dilemmas. It is not a Shulchan Aruch, but it certainly is a major guidebook in everyday life.

This book is an adventure and an education!

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Table of Contents


I. Parameters of Negligence
  • Ten Thousand Dollars Mistakenly Thrown Out
  • Sitting on Another’s Irresponsibly Placed Glasses
  • A Diamond Washed Down the Drain
  • A Well-Meaning, Absent-Minded Neighbor
  • A Pedestrian Bumps Into a Small Child
  • Accidents in Inclement Weather
  • Garbage Left in a Public Place
  • A Careless Driver’s Culpability
  • Damage When Swerving to Avoid an Accident
  • A New Car Seriously Damaged
  • Collisions with Parked Cars
  • Accountability for Bad Advice
  • A Doctor Accidentally Harms a Patient
  • Hurting While Helping
  • Damage Done While Doing a Mitzvah
  • Intentional Damage that is Justified
  • An Adult’s Responsibility for Damage Done While a Minor
  • Legal Ownership of a Minor’s Belongings
II. Renting, Borrowing, and Supervising
  • An Improbably High Telephone Bill
  • May One Borrow Without Permission?
  • Stealing in Jest
  • Know the Value Before You Borrows
  • A Courier’s Liability
  • A Husband’s Responsibility for his Wife’s Damages
  • A Teacher’s Responsibility for Objects He Confiscates
  • Liability for a Borrowed Car
III. Assessment and Compensation
  • Establishing Market Value
  • What is the a Single Shoe Worth?
  • What is the Value of a Single Eyeglasses Lens?
  • Is Compensation Collected from an Employee or His Employer?
  • Compensating With Merchandise
IV. Laws of Employers and Employees
  • Some Parameters of a Worker’s Rights
  • Handling Changes in Terms of Employment
  • The Prohibition Against Withholding a Worker’s Wages Until Morning
  • The Lengths a Person Must Go to Pay a Worker’s Wages
  • An Employer Who Cannot Afford to Pay All His Employees
  • Recruiting a Worker Employed Elsewhere
  • Entrapping a Suspected Thief
  • An Apprenticeship Turns Sour
V. Partnerships
  • When a Benefit is Offered to One Member of a Partnership
  • When Payments are Made to One Member of a Partnership
  • Benefits Gained While Working as an Agent of Another Party
  • Verbal Agreements Made by Representatives of a Group
  • Who Gets the Extra Slice of Pizza?
VI. Neighborly Relations
  • Setting Up Traps for Trespassers
  • The Prohibition Against Encroaching On Another’s Property
  • The Prohibition Against Coveting Another’s Belongings
  • Pushing Ahead in Line
  • Saving a Seat in a Crowded Public Place
  • Public Arguments over Whether a Window Should be Open or Closed
  • Telling the Truth About a Purchase
  • Public Property
VII. Buying and Selling
  • Basic Laws of Profits and the Use of Accurate Measures
  • The Prohibition Against Deceiving
  • Truth in Advertising
  • Flawed Merchandise
  • Guidelines of A Merchant’s Obligation to Accept Returned Merchandise
  • Responsibility for Defective Merchandise: The Merchant’s or the Manufacturer’s?
  • Returning an Item that was Used After it had been Found to be Defective
  • The Validity of a Buyer’s Waiving His Rights
  • An Antique that was Worth a Fortune
  • Preempting Someone Else’s Business Deal
  • Fair Competition
  • Prohibited Competition
  • Disputes Regarding Delivery and Payment
  • An Unredeemed Check
  • Fees Arising from an Incompletely Filled-Out Check
  • Fees Arising from a Bounced Check
  • Binding Character of a Written Commitment
  • Verbal Promises that were Omitted from a Written Contract
  • A Disputed Account at the Local Grocer
  • Can a Minor Child’s Purchase be Nullified by a Parent?
  • Causing Someone Else a Loss by Missing a Deadline
  • Some Laws Relating to Lotteries
  • May One Postpone a Lottery Drawing
  • A Matchmaker’s Fee
  • Charging a Fee for Helping Broker a Property Sale
  • Gaining Information Under False Pretenses
  • Can Information be Halachically “Stolen”
  • A Taxi Ride that Saved a Life
VIII. Lending Money
  • The Mitzvah of Lending to Others
  • How to Document a Loan
  • Some Laws Relating to Creditors
  • Some Laws Relating to the Repayment of a Loan
  • The Deadline for Repaying a Loan
  • Entitlement of Debt
  • Seizing Assets in Anticipation of Default
  • Repaying Under Unusual Circumstances
  • Wives as Surrogate Trustees
  • Personal Liability When Acting on Behalf of a Corporation
  • The Cancellation of Loans by the Shemittah Year
  • Guarantors of a Loan
  • A Case of Counterfeit Money
IX. Responsibilities Towards Other People’s Money
  • Saving a Jew from Monetary Loss
  • Obligations to Return Lost Money
  • Referring a Friend to a Less Expensive Store Down the Block
  • Putting Four Quarters into a Vending Machine and Getting 12 Quarters Back
X. Tzedakah
  • General Guidelines for Giving Tzedakah
  • When Does a Commitment to Give Charity Becomes Binding?
  • Is a Student Eligible to Receive Charity?
  • The Mishandling of a Tzedakah Fund
  • General Guidelines for Tithing (Ma’aser)
  • What Earnings are Tithed
  • May a Person Keep his Ma’aser Money as Payment of a Debt Owed him by a Poor Person?
  • Guidelines for a Yissachar-Zevulun Partnership
  • General Laws of Inheritance
  • The Obligations of a Trustee
  • A Gabbai’s Obligations
  • An Aliyah Usurped
  • Replacing a Donated Object
  • Borrowing Charity Money
XI. Laws of Beis Din
  • Resorting to a Secular Court of Law
  • Hearing Arguments from Only One Litigant
  • Guidelines for the Giving of Testimony
  • Finding an Equitable Solution
  • The Use of Interpreters in Bes Din
  • Kim Li – the Right to Embrace a Valid Position
XII. A Compendium of The Laws of Returning Lost Objects
  • I. The Basic Principles of Hashavas Aveidah
  • II. When a Lost Object May be Kept by its Finder and When it Must be Returned
  • III. Publicizing that an Object Has Been Found
  • IV. Returning a Lost Object Through Owner Identification
  • V. The Finder’s Obligations in Caring for the Found Object
  • VI. Lost Items that are Found on One’s Property
  • VII. Intentionally Lost Objects
  • VIII. Lost Objects in an Embarrassing Situation
  • IX. Objects Found by One’s Wife or Children
  • X. Objects Found in One’s Yard
  • XI. Objects Lost by Non-Jews
  • XII. Rewards for Returning Lost Objects
XIII. A Compendium of Laws of Ona’ah
  • I. The Definition of Ona’ah and When It Applies
  • II. Annulling a Sale Due to Ona’ah
  • III. Modifications in the Applications of Ona’ah in the Modern Economy
  • IV. Cases in Which Ona’ah Does Not Apply
  • V. Ona’ah in Real Estate
  • VI. Ona’ah in Wages
  • VII. A Sale Made “on Trust”

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