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“If so,” concluded Rabbi Dayan, “Sam can rightfully claim that he allowed Moti usage of the driveway at a certain time but never granted him rights should he later want to use the area. Out of neighborly interest, it would be best to seek a mutually acceptable arrangement, at least for this year, but if Sam finds the backyard inconvenient to use, he can insist that Moti make his sukkah smaller.”

Rabbi Meir Orlian is a faculty member of the Business Halacha Institute, headed by HaRav Chaim Kohn, a noted dayan. To receive BHI’s free newsletter, Business Weekly, send an e-mail to subscribe@businesshalacha.com. For questions regarding business halacha issues, or to bring a BHI lecturer to your business or shul, call the confidential hotline at 877-845-8455 or e-mail ask@businesshalacha.com. These articles are for learning purposes only and cannot be used for final halachic decisions.

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Rabbi Meir Orlian is a faculty member of the Business Halacha Institute, headed by HaRav Chaim Kohn, a noted dayan. To receive BHI’s free newsletter, Business Weekly, send an e-mail to subscribe@businesshalacha.com. For questions regarding business halacha issues, or to bring a BHI lecturer to your business or shul, call the confidential hotline at 877-845-8455 or e-mail ask@businesshalacha.com.