Halachah

Bankruptcy in Halacha

by R. Daniel Mann Question: I have $30,000 of credit debt (in the US). I lost my job, and my new job pays less. I do not see how I can pay the debt. What does Jewish law say about filing for bankruptcy? Answer: [We responded to the querier regarding his situation but are broadening (in brevity) the discussion. We ...

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Who Should Pay a Ticket?

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My friend picked up a trempist (hitchhiker) who did not put on his seatbelt. Police pulled the car over and gave a ticket to the driver (not the passenger) for driving with someone not buckled. Should the passenger reimburse my friend?   Answer: This is not a ruling about a specific case but a discussion of ...

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Personal Requests on Shabbat

by R. Daniel Mann Question: What types of requests are prohibited on Shabbat? Is davening for peace and tranquility in one’s own words permitted? Answer: It would appear that there are contradictory approaches on the idea of withholding requests on Shabbat. The Yerushalmi (Shabbat 15:3) says that one is not allowed to “demand his needs” on Shabbat. In Berachot (5:2), ...

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The Time and Place for Netilat Lulav

by R. Daniel Mann Question: Is it better to do netilat lulav (=nl) in the sukka before one goes to shul or during tefilla (before Hallel)?  Answer: The Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chayim 644:1) describes nl as being done before Hallel. One could have claimed that this is due to time concerns. Although b’di’eved one can fulfill nl from alot hashachar, ...

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