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Question:I saw that the Rav has a Teshuva regarding having shares in a bank that lends to Jews. What is the Rav's position regarding credit unions? Thank you.Answer: A credit union should be treated like a bank in this regard.  [A credit union is non-profit organization for their members. Each member has one vote regardless of the amount of money they have deposited. Members cannot sell or otherwise transfe ...

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Using Electricity in an Office Building

Question: My daughter asked me this question: Yesterday, I had a meeting in Town A and then went straight to Town B for a wedding. My friend from Town A works in an office building there, so I changed and did my hair and makeup in the building where she works. That means I plugged in my curling iron in their bathroom... Do you think it was a problem of me using their electricity? If yes, how do you think I ...

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Going to court

Question: If one wants to take someone to court in Israel. The defendant is a non religious company that will not listen to Beis Din. Is one obligating to go through Beis Din first in order to get a heter to go to a secular court or can one go straight to secular court? Answer: If it is absolutely clear the second party will not agree to go to Beis Din it would be permissible to go straight to court. Howeve ...

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Paying in Cash

Paying in Cash Question: I recently went to a store and was told if a pay in cash then i would not need to pay taxes. If it is obvious that by me paying in taxes the store owner would not pay the proper tax on this sale to the government, am I allowed to do such a purchase or there is a problem of לפני עבר לא תתן מכשול. Answer: This would not seem to be the actual prohibition of Lifnei Iver as cash payment ...

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striking at work

striking at work Question: Is a rebbe or teacher allowed to strike (not come into work) if he did not get paid for a long time (three months). (i know that r' moshe in igros moshe and r' aron in mishnas r' aron discuss about striking but there they basically speak about striking to get paid more (a raise) not in a case that he did not get paid for months. Answer: Yes, one may stop working and strike if he i ...

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credit card points

credit card points Question: since credit card companies do not allow selling of points obviously because it causes them a loss is it permitted for one to sell his points? Answer: Being that this is widely practiced by many people and openly, the Credit Card companies are well aware of this practice. They enforce this rule when they are interested in doing so, and for whatever reason they seem to not genera ...

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Har Nof Park Bais Din Ruling

Har Nof Park Bais Din Ruling Question: Lichvod harav, It seems that you issued a psak concerning buying a flat from the seller in Har Nof Park. As a chutznik who wish to eventually buy a flat in this complex, I would like to know if this psak is still relevant? Thank you for your quick answer. Answer: The Bais Din's ruling is still in place and as such it is still forbidden to purchase apartments in this pr ...

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Company samples without intent to buy

Company samples without intent to buy Question: Is it allowed for me to call up a company that sell Electronic cigarette liquid and tell them I want to open a shop that sells liquids and ask them to send me samples, and although I would actually want to open a shop I don't think I will ever do it. Answer: If you are not in the process of opening up a business and at the stage of testing various samples, the ...

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Paying in Cash to Avoid Taxes

Paying in Cash to Avoid Taxes Question: B'kavod HaRav, Here in galut I sometimes encounter Jewish workers or merchants who tell me that I can pay them in cash (or with a check made out to cash) and then they will not charge me tax. Am I halachically allowed to do that? Would something like this be considered lifnei eiver or m'sayeh li'day avayra? Respectfully Answer: Dina Dmalchusa, Chilul Hashem, Gezel Aku ...

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Agent’s Fee for Apt. Manager who did no work

Agent's Fee for Apt. Manager who did no work Question: I´m a tenant in an apt. in Jerusalem, and my lease is due on October (Tishrei), but we are moving on September (Elul), so we need to find another tenant to sublet the apartment for that single month. I posted ads in many places, sent emails and photos and also showed the apartment to possible renters. The thing is that the representative for the apartme ...

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