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“One final question,” added Mr. Hirsch. “I had already abandoned hope (yeiush) of retrieving the coat. Does Amram still have to return it to me?”

“Amram is not legally required to return the coat if he found it after yeiush,” Rabbi Dayan responded. “Nonetheless, he should certainly go beyond the letter of the law (lifnim mishuras hadin) and return it, even after yeiush, unless he is needy and the loser wealthy.” (C.M. 262:5; 259:5)

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