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Talmud Torah for Non Jew

Question: Am I allowed to invite a goy to a talmud class in order for him to bring a Jew? Answer: A class may be taught even if there are non Jews in attendance. Inviting directly should be avoided, but if this is the only way to bring the Jew to the class, and this is a crucial step in his path to teshuva, it would seem permissible on a one time basis. If the class is teaching Torah Shebechsav, there is ev ...

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Real Estate Deal with Non Jew in Israel

Question: I have a peice of land I want to build a number of apartments on [in Israel]. Can I make a deal with an Arab develpor where he builds the apartments, in return I will receive 2 free apartments and the rest will be for him to sell. The land is in a totally Jewish area and there is no practical possibility of anything ending up in non Jewish hands. In the interim however he will be the owner of the ...

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Swapping Shifts in Hospital on Shabbos

Question: שלום It has become commonplace for observant frum doctors in חוץ לארץ to swap their shabbos shifts with non- jewish colleagues in order to avoid חילול שבת. It is (in my experience) virtually impossible to do this on a regular basis particularly on Friday afternoons of winter months when shabbos begins early in the afternoon. שאלה: if one works in a hospital where there are possibly a number of jew ...

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Keeping a Store Opened on Shabbos

Question: My brother and I are interested in buying a store that has been opened for the past 40 years and run by an orthodox Yid for the past ten years. The store runs from Monday-Saturday. The owner who is selling the business advised that if we do not keep the store opened for Shabbos, we will drastically lose customers. I understand that their is some kind of contract that can be made with a non-Jew to ...

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Selling and Buying on Ebay on Shabbos

Question: SHOLOM IS IT PERMITTED TO SELL/BUY ITEMS ON EBAY WHEN THE SALE DAY IS ON SHABBOS? ONE DOES NOT ACTUALLY PURCHASE THE ITEM, IT IS MERELY A COMMITMENT TO THE OTHER PARTY. THE ACTUAL ACQUISITION WILL TAKE PLACE LATER. I AM REFERREING TO A COUNTRY WHERE THE MAJORITY OF SALES ARE BY NON JEWS. MANY THANKS Answer:  Placing a bid or an item on ebay, which will automatically process on Shabbos, would seem ...

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Removing Mezuzos

Question: Hi, I am moving out of a basement apartment I rented from a Jew [non religious]. He will be now renting it to a non – Jew for the purpose of storage and not to live in it. May I remove the mezuzos when I leave or is it always forbidden to remove mezuzos. Thanks for your help. Answer: When it is clear that after you a non- Jew will be moving in, you may and in fact should remove the mezuzos before ...

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