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“As we mentioned, the actual limitation is only to food items where there is a predominantly Jewish community,” answered Rabbi Dayan. “However, it stresses the importance of legislative control to enable staple items to be affordable. The Shulchan Aruch adds that a beis din is permitted to punish one who price gouges.” (231:21)

“Given the need for gasoline in our modern setting,” concluded Rabbi Dayan, “it seems appropriate that the government stepped in to impose a price freeze on gasoline to prevent price gouging.”

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Mr. Steinberg ran downstairs to the ground floor. He saw that the table had fallen onto one of the cars sitting in the parking lot below.

“I don’t understand, though,” objected Mr. Weiss. “If the Torah states that the loan should be remitted, how can Hillel institute that the creditor can collect, against Torah law?”

“So there’s no way to lend past the shemittah year?” asked Eli.

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The two decided to approach Rabbi Dayan. “What is the halachic status of conquered territory?” asked Shalom.

“Does that mean a person can simply renege after payment was made?” asked Benjy incredulously.

“But I’m already dwelling in the apartment,” said Mr. Gold. “Shouldn’t that count? I’m no worse than a neighbor!”

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