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1,231. Building a Fence on One’s Roof
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190:1 There is an obligation for one to make a parapet on his roof as per Exodus 22:8, “build a parapet for your roof.” The height of the parapet must be at least ten handbreadths high and it must be strong enough so that a person can lean against it without falling. This only applies […]
Blessings: General Rules
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Doubt (Safek) Whether You Said Blessings If you are not sure if you said ANY blessing in ANY category, don’t repeat it. Exceptions: * Birkat ha’mazon. * You may also include the first blessing over reading the Torah (Asher bachar banu mi’kol ha’amim.) * Even the blessing for mezonot is not an exception. Reason: The […]
1,230. Leaving a Straggler Behind
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189:5 The Torah says, “When you see the donkey of your enemy lying under its load…” (Exodus 23:5). “Your enemy” does not mean a member of one of the seven Canaanite nations, since they are not included in the obligation to unload and reload; we assist in those cases to alleviate the animal’s suffering. Rather, […]
1,229. Must One Load and Unload for a Non-Jew?
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189:3 The obligation to unload must be done for free but loading is only obligatory if the animal’s owner is willing to pay for the service. The same is true for walking with the owner in case he is needed: this is only if the owner is willing to pay. 189:4 When it comes to […]
1,228. Loading and Unloading Animals
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189:1 If one person encounters another and the other’s animal is lying down under its load, whether the load was appropriate for it or whether the load was too much for it, there is an obligation to help the owner unload the animal as per Exodus 23:5, “You shall surely help him do it.” After […]
1,227. Returning the Deposit
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188:4 The one holding a deposit is not permitted to entrust it to others, even if they are upright people and even more reliable than he is. If the depositor is also in the habit of depositing such things with them, then it is permitted. 188:5 When returning the deposit, one may not return it […]
1,226. Using a Deposited Item
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188:2 If a person deposits an object with his fellow, the one holding it is not permitted to use the object for his own needs, even if the item will not be ruined by this use. Doing so would be like borrowing something without the owner’s knowledge, and one who borrows without the owner’s knowledge […]
1,225. Depositing Money
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187:5 When a person finds an object and he doesn’t know who lost it, whether or not it has an identifying mark on it, there are many detailed laws as far as how to proceed. Therefore, one must consult with a Torah authority about his course of action. 188:1 Regarding one who deposits money with […]
1,224. Doubtfully-Lost Items
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187:3 When a person finds an object, whether or not it has an identifying mark, if he found it resting in a particular place, like a garment or an axe by the side of a fence, even if there is doubt whether it was placed there intentionally or lost there, it is forbidden to touch […]
1,223. Lost Objects
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187:1 If one sees an object that was lost by another Jew, he is obligated to deal with it and return it to its owner as per Deuteronomy 22:1, “You shall surely return them.” Similarly, any money belonging to one’s fellow that he can save so it doesn’t get lost, he is obliged to save. […]