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March 4, 2015 / 13 Adar , 5775
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“What if it was possible to find another babysitter?” asked Mr. Baum.

“If it was possible to hire an alternate babysitter,” said Rabbi Dayan, “then she would have no right to trick her or hire at her expense. If she would agree to pay more in this case, she would have to pay the higher price that she agreed to.” (Rama 333:5)

Mr. Baum thanked Rabbi Dayan and explained to Rachel what he had ruled.

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“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.”

“It means that the disqualification of relatives as witnesses is a procedural issue, not a question of honesty,” explained Rabbi Dayan.

“The issue is not just logistical,” replied Mr. Kahn. “I thought that halacha requires that the beginning of the adjudication and acceptance of testimony be during daytime.” (C.M. 5:2; 28:24)

A few days, Mrs. Feldman called back. “I would prefer a nice cake rather than the chocolate.”

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