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“Where does this leave us?” asked Mr. Farber.

“Since the boys knew this was Mr. Schreiber’s property and you did not assume responsibility for the employment or salary, you are not required to pay them,” concluded Rabbi Dayan. “When your neighbor comes home, he should pay them the going rate for such work, since he is generally interested in having his house shoveled.” (C.M. 375:1)

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