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“I suppose it’s still meritorious to return it?” asked a teacher.

“There is a dispute whether it is meritorious for a Torah scholar to return an item beneath his dignity,” said Rabbi Dayan. (See C.M. 263:3) “There are also some situations in which it is not recommended, or even prohibited, to take the item, which we will discuss, IY”H, next time!”

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