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445. Extending the Loan in Exchange for a Favor
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65:3 Let’s say that the parties did not arrange for interest at the time of the transaction but rather one lent the other money for free until a certain time, or that one party sold the other some goods with payment deferred until a certain time, or that one party owes money to another no […]
444. Laws of Interest
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65:1 It’s natural for a person to desire money, and one is far more likely to justify violating the prohibition against taking interest than he is other financial prohibitions. A person takes care not to be robbed or cheated but willingly enters into a transaction in which he will end up paying interest. Also, most […]
443. Being Repaid with Non-Kosher Food
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64:3 One may accept non-kosher foods as payment for a debt so long as he sells them immediately. This is because one may not retain such things in order to make money off of them. One may, however, hang onto them so that they not lose their original value. 64:4 One may engage in business […]
442. Business Involving Non-Kosher Food
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64:1 If something is forbidden to be eaten by the Torah, even if it is permitted to benefit from that thing, one may not do business with it or use it as collateral for a loan. One may not even buy it in order to feed his non-Jewish workmen. One may, however, engage in business […]
441. Deception
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63:4 It is forbidden to deceive others through one’s words, even if one doesn’t cause any financial loss. This applies equally to non-Jews. For example, one may not sell a non-Jew the meat of an animal that died under the false pretense that it was ritually slaughtered. If a person sells an object that has […]
440. Wronging Others through Words
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63:2 Examples of ways in which one person might wrong another through words include inquiring as to the price of an object when he has no intention of purchasing it, sending a person on a wild-goose chase, and reminding one who was not born religiously-observant of his former ways. If someone is undergoing suffering, one […]
439. Verbal Oppression
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62:18 If a person wants to sell a piece of property or a house and two potential buyers offer the same price, assuming that neither owns the adjacent property, here is the order of priority: a resident of his own city takes precedence over the resident of another city. If both of them live in […]
438. Not Reneging on an Agreement
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62:16 It is so important for a person to keep his word that, even if no money has changed hands, nor has the object been earmarked for the buyer, even if all they have done is agree on the price, nevertheless neither should renege on the deal. If either the buyer or seller does back […]
437. Keeping One’s Word
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62:14 If one person gives another person money in order to acquire real estate or goods for him, if the agent goes and buys the object for himself, if he used his own money, he is considered deceitful. If he used the money he was given by the one who sent him, he is obligated […]