web analytics
September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Unlocked Door

Business-Halacha-logo

Mrs. Melamed taught at a nearby high school. One afternoon, at 3:45, she saw another teacher, Mrs. Kohn, rushing out of the building.

“Where are you rushing to?” Mrs. Melamed asked her.

“We’re hosting a sheva berachos tonight for my niece,” Mrs. Kohn replied. “I’m already late! I don’t even have a minute to take my projector to the office. Would you mind keeping it overnight in your office?”

“I’d be happy to keep it, ” replied Mrs. Melamed. “Mazal Tov!” She took the projector to her office, where she had a free hour until 5:00.

Mrs. Melamed was in the middle of grading a paper when she suddenly noticed it was 5:01. “Already!” she jumped up. “I’d better run.” She gathered her books and ran to her classroom. She began teaching and then realized that she had forgotten to lock her office.

“I should have locked the door,” she said to herself, “but I don’t expect any theft.”

After teaching a double-period, Mrs. Melamed returned to her office. She looked at the desk where she had left Mrs. Kohn’s projector, but, to her dismay, it was empty!

Mrs. Melamed looked around the room and saw that her pocketbook had been opened; an envelope with money had been taken.

“I can’t believe it!” Mrs. Melamed cried out. “Of all the days to have this happen! How will I ever face Mrs. Kohn?!”

Mrs. Melamed immediately called her husband. “Mrs. Kohn gave me her projector to watch,” she said. “I ran out of the office to teach and left it unlocked. Someone came into the room and stole the projector and money I was carrying in my pocketbook!”

“This sometimes happens,” her husband soothed her. “I’m not sure you’re liable if people don’t always lock their offices.”

Mrs. Kohn called Mrs. Melamed. “I don’t know what to say,” she began. “I ran out to teach and left my office unlocked. While I was teaching, someone came into my office and stole money from my pocketbook and also your projector.”

“That was an expensive projector,” said Mrs. Kohn. “It cost me $600. You were negligent in leaving the door unlocked.”

“But I often leave my office unlocked,” said Mrs. Melamed. “I’ve left a projector in my office unlocked and never had a theft before. Why should I have to treat your projector better than my own?”

“The fact that you risk leaving your office unlocked doesn’t mean that it’s acceptable,” said Mrs. Kohn. “Almost everyone locks their office; you were negligent.”

“You also once forgot to lock your office overnight!” argued Mrs. Melamed. “What do you want from me if I left the office unlocked while I taught?”

“The fact that I am sometimes careless does not excuse your being negligent,” said Mrs. Kohn. “It’s your tough luck that a thief happened to be roaming the offices now.”

“And what if I had gone down the hall to get a coffee,” asked Mrs. Melamed. “Would you still consider me negligent?”

“Yes,” said Mrs. Kohn. “Doors should always be locked!”

“My husband said that he’s not sure I’m liable if people sometimes don’t lock their doors,” said Mrs. Melamed. “He suggested we ask Rabbi Dayan about this.”

“That’s fine with me,” said Mrs. Kohn.

They arranged to meet with Rabbi Dayan. “I asked Mrs. Melamed to watch my projector in her office,” said Mrs. Kohn. “She forgot to lock the door and the projector was stolen. Is she liable for the projector? What if she had gone down the hall for coffee?”

“If it is customary in your school to lock the office doors, Mrs. Melamed is liable for the projector when she left the office unlocked,” ruled Rabbi Dayan. “A person is required to guard his friend’s property in the customary manner. Even if a person is careless with his own property, he may not be careless with his friend’s.” (C.M. 291:14)

About the Author: Rabbi Meir Orlian is a faculty member of the Business Halacha Institute, headed by HaRav Chaim Kohn, a noted dayan. To receive BHI’s free newsletter, Business Weekly, send an e-mail to subscribe@businesshalacha.com. For questions regarding business halacha issues, or to bring a BHI lecturer to your business or shul, call the confidential hotline at 877-845-8455 or e-mail ask@businesshalacha.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Unlocked Door”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Sen. Ted Cruz acts senate for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act. Sept. 18, 2014.
Ds Reject Voting to Strip Citizenship From US Jihadi ISIS Volunteers
Latest Judaism Stories
Teller-Rabbi-Hanoch-NEW

“he’s my rabbi” the Black painter said with pride, pulling out a photo of the Rebbe from his wallet

Rabbi Avi Weiss, head of theYeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Asher Lopatin will be replacing him as head of the school.

The Torah notes that even when we are dispersed God will return us to Him.

Rabbi Sacks

Simply, for Rambam the number 14 (2×7) was his favored organizing principle.

Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis

One of the cornerstones of our Jewish life is chesed, kindness. Chesed can only be taught by example

Our understanding of what is and what is not possible creates imagined ceilings of opportunity for us.

This young, innocent child gave me a powerful, warm surge of energy and strength.

The Chafetz Chaim answered that there are two forms of teshuvah; teshuvah m’ahava and teshuvah m’yirah.

Question: I recently loaned money to a friend who has been able to repay only part of it. This was an interest-free loan. We exchanged a signed IOU, not a proper shtar with witnesses, since I have always trusted her integrity and only wanted a document that confirms what was loaned and what was repaid. Now that shemittah is approaching, what should I do? Should I forgive the loan? And if my friend is not able to repay it, may I deduct the unpaid money from my ma’aser requirement?

Name Withheld

A Role Reversal
‘Return, O Wayward Sons…’
(Chagigah 15a)

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

In Parshas Re’eh the Torah tells us about the bechira to adhere to the commandments of Hashem and refrain from sin. In Parshas Nitzavim, the Torah tells us that we have the choice to repent after we have sinned.

As Moshe is about to die, why does God tell him about how the Israelites will ruin everything?

Jonah objected to God accepting repentance based on ulterior motives and likely for short duration.

This week’s parsha offers a new covenant; a covenant that speaks to national life unlike any other

All Jews are inherently righteous and that is why we all have a portion in the World to Come.

More Articles from Rabbi Meir Orlian
Business-Halacha-logo

When the Kleins returned, however, they were dismayed to see that the renters did a poor job cleaning up after themselves.

Business-Halacha-logo

“Tony said that the code in most places in the U.S. is at least 36 inches for a residential guardrail,” replied Mr. Braun. “Some make it higher, 42, or even 52 inches for high porches. What is the required height according to halacha?”

“The Torah states in Parshat Ki-Teitzei: ‘If you build a new house, you shall make a fence for your roof. I think it’s your responsibility.”

On Friday afternoon, Dov called Kalman. “Please make sure to return the keys for the car on Motzaei Shabbos,” he said. “We have a bris on Sunday morning and we’re all going. We also need the roof luggage bag.”

“We’re leining now, and shouldn’t be talking,” Mr. Silver gently quieted his son. “At the Shabbos table we can discuss it at length.”

“Guess what?” Benzion exclaimed when he returned home. “I just won an identical Mishnah Berurah in the avos u’banim raffle.”

“Do I have to repay the loan?” he asked. “Does Yosef have to reimburse me? What if doesn’t have that sum, does he owe me in the future?”

When Yoram got home that evening, he went over to Effy: “My day camp is looking for extra supervision for an overnight trip,” he said. “Would you like to come? They’re paying $250 for the trip.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/halacha-hashkafa/unlocked-door/2014/03/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: