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My Father’s Chin (Nazir 40b)

In addressing the question of which devices may be used to remove one’s beard without violating the Torah prohibition, halachic literature focuses on the extent to which these devices function like a razor blade.

Daf Yomi

A Threat To Life And Limb ‘How Many Lashes Are Given Him?’ (Makkos 22a-b)

Can Someone Who Borrowed From Two Joint Lenders Refuse To Repay If He’s Sued...

The reason the defendant is entitled to refuse to repay the loan or to return the deposit to only one of its owners is that he accepted the money or the deposit from both.

Surreptitious Murder – Eidim Zommemim

In the case of eidei hachashah, however, the second pair of witnesses testifies that the crime never occurred.

Defective Return

When Shraga was ready to go back, Ari looked in the closet, but the shirt was missing.

Does The Release Of One Guarantor Release The Other? (Siman 77:8)

The underlying loan survives as the obligation of the borrower even after the release of the first guarantor.

Do Or Die (Sanhedrin 74a)

There are, however, times when the concern of Chillul Hashem is so paramount that one must choose to die rather than violate any prohibition in public.

Daf Yomi

Entitlements ‘Not Returned To His Former Prominence’ (Makkos 12a)

Diamond Broker

But I bought the gem from you and gave you the money, reasoned Mr. Silver. You owe me the money; you go deal with the seller!

Is Compromise An Admission? (Siman 77:7)

The lender who sued must hold half of what he collected on trust for the other lender.

Incarceration Under Jewish Law (Sanhedrin 81b)

The authority to incarcerate a person and deny freedom in certain situations is part of halacha le Moshe Mi’Sinai, the Oral Law conveyed by God to Moshe and by Moshe to the people of Israel.

Settled For Less

But I borrowed the phone, so your liability is to me, responded Avi. Who cares what went on between me and Yitzi?

Daf Yomi

The Red Sea’s Argument ‘Relatives Of A Guarantor’ (Makos 7a)

Forgiveness Of A Loan Owed By One Partner (Siman 77:6)

The borrower who paid the entire loan would, of course, have a claim for reimbursement against the co-borrower for the amount he repaid on his behalf.

Daf Yomi

Without Warning ‘But You Were With Us…’ (Makkos 2a)

Scared By The Dog

"I didn't knowingly damage," pointed out Mrs. Neuman. "I didn't intend to upset the table."

The Best Judgment Is Compromise (Sanhedrin 6a and b)

A judge must open the proceedings by urging the litigants to settle the dispute by way of compromise.

Daf Yomi

Is Silence Golden ? ‘Iyov, Who Was Silent …’ (Sanhedrin 106a)

Liver Inside!

For example, someone who sold seeds that turned out defective does not have to pay the customer for the incurred labor costs in planting them. When the damage was unintentional, as here, there isn't even a moral obligation.

Is Evidence Of A Borrower Who Admits A Loan Admissible Against His Co-Borrower Who...

The forgoing also applies to a plaintiff who sued two borrowers based upon a promissory note for the aggregate amount of the loan advanced to both of them and signed by them jointly.

Fallibility Vs. Finality (Sanhedrin 31a)

In dinei nefashot – capital cases – the beit din will accept post verdict evidence to acquit but not to convict.

Virtual Acquisition

Must I give the produce itself or can I just give equivalent money to tzedakah instead?

Daf Yomi

As We Come Closer And Closer ‘… Like The Face Of A Dog’ (Sanhedrin 97a)

Guarantors Who Become Co-borrowers (Siman 77:4)

It is true that having been sued by Shimon, Levi had no choice but to pay off the whole loan.

Conducting The Defense In Capital Punishment Cases (Sanhedrin 32b)

If both sets of witnesses have withstood the rigor of the court’s cross examination, why, one might ask, does the beit din believe the evidence of the second set of witnesses more than the first?

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