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“Second, the Gemara (Kesuvos 98b) discusses the case of someone who bought something on behalf of his friend, and was given a bonus by the storeowner. Does the bonus belong to the person whose money it is, or to the agent who came to the store and made the purchase? The Gemara says to split the bonus.” (C.M. 183:6)

“Thus,” concluded Rabbi Dayan, “since the extra sefer was due to the purchase of both the discs and the other two sefarim, and since Mendel was the agent to buy the discs – you should split the extra sefer. Mendel should return 12.5 NIS.”

“You said there was another, simpler way?” asked Menachem.

“Yes,” said Rabbi Dayan. “Since you were willing to spend 50 for the discs anyway, Mendel could have bought you a sefer with the extra money.”

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“If I notify people, nobody will buy the matzos!” exclaimed Mr. Mandel. “Once the halachic advisory panel ruled leniently, why can’t I sell the matzos regularly?”

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“Do we have to donate again?” some people asked. “Is it fair that we should have to pay twice?”

“This sounds like a question for Rabbi Dayan,” said Mr. Cohen. He took out his cell phone and called Rabbi Dayan.

“We really appreciate your efforts in straightening the shul,” said Mr. Reiss. “How is it going?”

“Halacha differentiates between giving a gift, forgoing a debt [mechila], and granting permission to take something,” answered Rabbi Dayan.

“I don’t accept this,” said Mr. Zummer. “I want you to finish! You’re not allowed to just stop in the middle!”

“That’s what you’re wondering?” laughed Mr. Rubin. “That ring is not mine at all. A relative gave me money to buy it for him.”

“How could you have expected my glasses to be there?” argued Mr. Weiss. “You shouldn’t have to pay.”

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