“Is this ruling universally accepted?” asked Asher.
“In truth, Aruch Hashulchan [C.M. 342:2; 291:45] questions the ruling of the Rema and is hesitant to allow lending a borrowed item to another person without the owner’s explicit consent,” concluded Rabbi Dayan. “However, most authorities permit doing so, if the initial borrower remains present or if the owner expressed confidence in the second person.”
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