“But it’s not secure to leave money loose in a drawer,” argued Dr. Wieder. “Had it been sealed in an envelope, perhaps the $200 would never have been taken!”
“That could be,” replied Rabbi Dayan. “On the other hand, a drawer in a private office is generally considered secure, especially if on previous occasions cash was left loose without objection. Thus, Dr. Oren is exempt, but he might offer to appease Dr. Wieder for his carelessness, anyway, by covering part of the loss.”
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