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The Loan Is For You!

Pinchas called Rabbi Dayan and asked: "If my brother takes a $30,000 loan from the bank intended for me, and I reimburse him for the monthly installments, do we need a heter iska?"

Choshen Mishpat 79:2

If witnesses subsequently testify in court that the defendant indeed borrowed money but repaid it, the defendant has to pay if the plaintiff claims otherwise. Why?

Do Lipstick And Toothpaste Need To Be Kasher L’Pesach?

So strictly speaking, you don’t need to buy toothpaste or lipstick that has a kasher l’Pesach hechser, but if you can get one with it, why not?

Daf Yomi

Avoiding A Catastrophe ‘A Ger And A Gentile Inherited…’ (Avoda Zara 64a)

“You Don’t Owe!”

The following day, Mr. Metzger called Mr. Rubin. "I appreciate your honesty," he said. "However, I reviewed the records, and I'm certain there's no outstanding balance."

Can You Look Me In The Eye And Lie? (Siman 79:1, Continued)

As for the debtor’s statement that he never borrowed money from the plaintiff, it has been undermined by the two witnesses who testified that he did.

Free Sprinkles!

"Whoever came in contact with a corpse or was in a cemetery must also be sprinkled on twice beforehand with water that has ashes of the parah adumah, the red cow, mixed in."

Kasher LePesach Light Bulbs

If chametz became mixed with non-chametz on Pesach, the mixture is prohibited on Pesach even if the ratio of the permitted non‑chametz to the forbidden chametz is 1,000 to 1.

Daf Yomi

Who’s The Boss? ‘One Hired A Laborer To Assist Him In Yayin Nesech’ (Avodah Zarah 62a)

Caught In A Lie (Siman 79:1)

By denying the existence of the loan, the debtor, by implication, also admits that he did not repay it.

Borrowed Costume

"My son dressed up as a lion last year," exclaimed Mrs. Kahn. "We bought this great costume. It was so realistic!"

Pesach Medication And Alcohol

May a person who wants to eat chametz that everybody else finds inedible do so?

Daf Yomi

Our Turn ‘A Gentile Nullifies His Idolatrous Relic’ (Avodah Zarah 52b)

For One Or All?

Yaakov looked at the will again. "Why do you say that?" he asked. "The will does not say to give $10,000 to each grandchild. It says that $10,000 is granted to the grandchildren as a group. Divide the sum among you!"

Daf Yomi

An Idolatrous Eruv ‘Wood From An Asheirah Tree’ (Avodah Zarah 49b)

Food In The City Bishul Akum (Avodah Zarah, 35b, 38a)

The prohibition of bishul akum does not cover foods which have been prepared for eating by a process of salting or pickling rather than cooking and neither does it apply to smoked foods.

Kosher Cheese And Milk (Avodah Zarah 29b)

Yet, notwithstanding all of these arguments, cheese manufactured by non-Jews remains prohibited today by the halacha. Why?

‘I’m Quitting!’

A week went by. Aryeh began finding the work lonely. "The work is lonely now that the other worker is not here," he told Mr. Farber. "I don't know if I can continue."

Daf Yomi

When Is Chalav Akum Allowed? ‘When Milked By A Gentile…’ (Avodah Zarah 39b)

A Lost Promissory Note Could Mean A Lost Case (Siman 78:7)

The borrower claimed he repaid the debt and took back the promissory note from the lender and then lost it.

Yes, There’s A Presumption That Loans Are Not Prepaid, But Here’s A Receipt To...

The heirs in the present situation are permitted to bring witnesses who testify to the fact that they saw the debtor repay the loan, before the maturity date, when he was still live.

Mixed Drinks And Mixed Marriages (Avodah Zarah 29b)

According to Tosafot, the rabbis were concerned that if one would be allowed to benefit from non-Jewish wine at all, it might lead to participation in these idolatrous practices.

Daf Yomi

An Essential Agent ‘Set In The Skin Of The Rennet Of Nevelah’ (Avoda Zara 35a)

‘Deny!’

Usually the parties reach a settlement agreement in the end or the dayanim rule a compromise.

Idolatry Or Not? (Avodah Zarah 2a)

The Rambam describes the history of idolatry as beginning with the adulation of God’s creation and culminating in the erection of monuments to celebrate the heavenly hosts.

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