Question Boruch tried to help his friend Gershon. He lent him $5000 in cash and gave him goods on credit. When the time for repayment arrived, Gershon was unable to meet his commitments. Boruch now wishes to know whether he can deduct the outstanding amounts from his ma’aser (charity tithes) account. Alternatively, could he make… Continue reading Tithed Repayment
Question Yankel wished to send an e-mail message to Berel. By mistake he sent it to Shmerel. Unfortunately, the file attached to the e-mail was infected with the latest strain of the Klez virus (so new that Shmerel’s anti-virus software didn’t spot it). The moment Shmerel opened the attachment, the screen went blank. When the… Continue reading Contagious Messages
Question There were two celebrations in town on Shabbos. Avrohom made an "aufruf" (the bridegroom being called to the reading of the Torah before his marriage) for his oldest son and Boruch’s youngest son became bar mitzvah. Many guests came to participate in the festivities, occupying apartments which were vacant on this day. Unfortunately, one… Continue reading Celebrations And Thieves
Question With the approach of summer, Yoni wishes to install an air conditioning system in his apartment. The most suitable place for hanging the outside unit is above the porch of his neighbour, Benny. Benny initially agrees to the installation of the unit above his porch, since he has plenty of room for a succah… Continue reading It’s All Up In The Air!
Question Benny lives on the second floor of an apartment block. Many years ago, a tree was planted in the garden below. This tree has now grown so much that its branches block out the light to some windows of Benny’s apartment. Whose duty is it to remove the offending branches? Who has to pay… Continue reading Tree Shadow
Question Ari designs adverts. He was approached by the Jewish owner of a food business to create designs for an advertising campaign. When Ari enquired as to the nature of the product being marketed, he was told that the company's specialty was chicken in dairy sauce. "Surely Jews are not allowed to eat meat cooked… Continue reading Not The Right Job
Question Chanoch bought an apartment in a new block. The construction company had added a clause in the purchase contract that they reserved the right to build an additional apartment in part of the parking lot at a later date. When work was about to begin on construction of the additional apartment, Chanoch voiced his… Continue reading Permission Withdrawn?
Question Meir meets his neighbor, who just finished building an extension to his apartment on jointly owned property without permission. He tells him that since he had no right to build on land which is not his, he may not make a blessing on affixing the mezuzah to the door of the new room. Furthermore,… Continue reading Illegal Lighting
Question Gershon wishes to borrow a large sum of money from a non-Jewish bank. He asks Eliezer to act as guarantor in order to enable him to receive the loan. "Even though I will have to pay interest on the loan, there is no problem for you to be a guarantor for me since the… Continue reading Permitted Guarantees
Question Yerucham is an expert carpenter with a heart of gold. He has done many favours for his neighbour, Dov. He is now in urgent need of a loan and turns to Dov with a request to lend him $5000. Dov is hesitant – and Yerucham is desperate! Yerucham decides to remind Dov of the… Continue reading Favors For Loans And Loans For Favors