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Charity donations

Question: In order to encourage individuals so that they will donate to a certain cause (for example the building of a synagogue/yeshiva or a community learning centre ) can a charity organisation tell the donors that their individual donations will be multiplied (doubled or tripled as in some charidy campaigns) when in fact they will not be? Answer: No, this would be gneivas daas, and also causing people t ...

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Work Place Question

Question: Is a lawyer permitted to do paid work or pro bono work a church or christian organization and does it make a difference if the lawyer works for themselves or for a firm? Answer: You may do paid work for the organization, but should not volunteer pro bono work. With paid work of this kind you are not involved in building a place of idol worship, and you are not donating to their cause. If you are w ...

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Lawsuit when insurance would be responsible for defendant’s loss.

Question: My elderly father went to a NY rehabilitation center owned by frum yidden to help give him more mobility. He was there for 3 months and was released with Stage 4 bedsores in 3 areas. He needed to be hospitalized for 5 months and still suffers greatly from these sores which have not healed. Doctors have told us that that the rehab center acted with extreme negligence and were the direct cause of th ...

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Credit Union

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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