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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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Avoiding VAT at Hotel

Avoiding VAT at Hotel Question: Because of my Israeli citizenship I need to pay tax in a hotel. am I able to show them my passport so they wont charge me tax I want to be honest and believe that all money is from Hashem. the issue is I will avoid staying at the hotel if I need to pay tax. is this a valid claim or i should just pay the tax. Thank you Answer: The fact that you would otherwise not patronize th ...

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Buying Share in Non Kosher Wine Store

Buying Share in Non Kosher Wine Store Question: May an observant Jewish person invest in a partnership (which includes non-Jews) that will operate a liquor store (store that sells fine wine, spirits and beer)? It will be an entirely non-kosher store full of tons of 'yayin stam'. As in virtually all small businesses in the U.S. the investment manifests itself as interests in a company (a limited liability co ...

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Patronizing Store with Cashier Thief

Patronizing Store with Cashier Thief Question: I buy a lot of things from a store in my neighborhood- I recently noticed that cashier is pocketing the $ I give him without putting it in the cash register. Am I allowed to buy from this store (please note that I am not comfortable telling the manager as I could be putting me and my family in danger-- it also would be extremely inconvenient to shop somewhere e ...

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Liability of Messenger for Purchase

Liability of Messenger for Purchase Question: I was asked if I can buy a expensive item for my friend and to lay out the money. I bought it and a אונס happened on the way back. I told him he has to pay because I was a shomer chinum– he claims that he was never Koneh it and he is very sorry but it is my loss (Chutzpah!!)– who is right?? Answer: He certainly did acquire the object. He appointed you a messenge ...

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Plea Deals and Chillul Hashem

Question: Shalom Aleichem, Occasionally, in order to secure a conviction (which can be very difficult) prosecutors will make a deal with the accused that they will only be charged with a lesser offence if they agree to plead guilty. In the event that an observant Jew has been charged with a particularly egregious crime ר"ל is there a formal/technical concern about chilul Hashem in "admitting" to such crime ...

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Copying Music from Youtube

Question: Nowadays people put their music up on youtube for all to enjoy. These videos only get a view once from my computer and gain nothing more if I go on to that video again and again. May i download the music off Youtube instead of buying it, being as I can always go on the site and listen to it there? Answer: As long as they are still selling it aside from youtube, presumably there is still some gain ...

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Reneging on Pledge

Question: Is it permissible to withdraw a donation pledge to a Law School because of an event that occurred after the pledge? E.X. the pledge donor learned that the institution permits activities he objects to. Would this be considered “mechusar amana,”by reneging on the pledge, or can you say that it is a taus and had he known such an event would be held at the school he never would had made the pledge? Or ...

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Overweight Luggage

Question: Reuven and Shimon are both visiting Eretz Yisroel from New York. Shimon bought a little too many seforim while in Eretz Yisroel so he doesn't have any room in his luggage. He asks Reuven if he has any room for some of his seforim and Reuven says yes and agrees to take some of Shimon's seforim. When Reuven checks in his luggage he is told that they are overweight and he will have to pay $100. Who i ...

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Investing in Company with Immodest Advertising

Question: Is it permitted to invest (on the stock market) in a fashion company that uses immodest pictures for advertising? I don't of course have any control over the advertising of the company, and I only want to make some profits, but I have a bad feeling about it. Answer: It is permitted to invest. Although I understand your concern, the prohibition of lifnei iver – causing others to 'stumble' by seeing ...

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