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“Would anything that affects many people be considered a communal endeavor?” asked Mr. Elman.

“Not always,” added Rabbi Dayan. “For example, if homeowners needed to hire an advocate to lobby against real estate taxes, those who are not homeowners would not need to share in this expense, since this in not per se a communal issue.” (See Rosh, Responsa 6:9, cited in Rama 163:6; Emek Hamishpat, Hilchos Shecheinim, #44).

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

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“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)

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“I’m still not sure we have a right to damage his property,” said Mrs. Schloss. “Can you ask someone?”

He stepped outside, and, to his dismay, the menorah was missing. It had been stolen.

“I do not owe anything,” Mr. Feder replied. “However, if I must come – I will.”

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