STOREKEEPER’S RIGHTS

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Eliot gave in his Rolex Oyster watch to be repaired by DJ Jewelers. The jeweler phoned up Eliot to notify him that the watch was ready to be picked up. That night there was a robbery at the store, and unfortunately Eliot’s watch was

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STOLEN ARTICLES

QUESTIONS: Case 1 On your way home from work, at the entrance to the subway, you notice a makeshift stand displaying the latest selection of videos and CDs. Behind this “mini-store” stands a nervous, rough-looking young man who offers you, at a fantastic discount, the “Titanic” video

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STANDING IN LINE

QUESTIONS: Case 1 David is standing in line in the post office, he needs to buy just one postage stamp. In front of him stood Mrs. Bumble waiting to mail a large sack of her “Recipe-a-Week” newsletters. David, knowing that his purchase would only take a minute

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NEIGHBOR’S PROBLEMS

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Dr. Segal wishes to open a medical practice in a quiet residential street in Rechavia, Jerusalem. The neighbors strongly oppose this, claiming that his medical practice will greatly disturb their peace and quiet. Do they have any legal right to stop Dr. Segal? Case

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MAGIC and ASTROLOGY

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Andrew and Janet’s wedding was the real “splash out do” that everyone had expected. On arrival, the guests all received the program of the evening’s events, which included the most remarkable entertainment. As the evening passed with music, a huge smorgasbord and dancing, the

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LIFE SAVING and EUTHANASIA

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Jack Palter died tragically in a serious car accident. While the police were searching in his wallet for identity they found an organ donor’s card instructing the use of all organs after death. May Jack’s wishes be carried out according to Halacha? Case 2

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KIDNAP, BAIL and ESCAPE

QUESTIONS: Case 1 The phone rings. A muffled gives instructions: “If you ever wish to see your son Dennis again, give us the $1,000,000 ransom we requested last week – immediately.” The phone clicks off. Must the family pay the huge ransom? Case 2 O.J. Cohen did

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INDIRECT DAMAGES and INJURIES

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Little Johnny has chicken pox. The doctor says that he should go to school since it would be better for the other children to catch this illness now rather than later. Should we listen to this doctor? Case 2 Simon decided to take a

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GUN CONTROL and HUNTING

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Billy Cohen enjoys hanging out while on vacation at the Tel Aviv Millionaire Stop, a glorious amusement arcade. Is it halachically permitted to play on the slot machines there? Case 2 Lopez Marciano is a regular at the Jericho Casino scene. Between heavy gambling

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GAMBLING

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Billy Cohen enjoys hanging out while on vacation at the Tel Aviv Millionaire Stop, a glorious amusement arcade. Is it halachically permitted to play on the slot machines there? Case 2 Lopez Marciano is a regular at the Jericho Casino scene. Between heavy gambling

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FAULTY ITEMS

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Michael bought a can of chips at the store. After opening the pack Michael found the crisps to be terribly soggy, and went to claim a reimbursement from the store’s owner. The storeowner denied responsibility; he didn’t know they were soggy, and says that

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ALCOHOL and DRUG ABUSE

QUESTIONS: Case 1 The Temperance Movement led mainly by women arose in the Nineteenth Century to combat alcohol abuse. Its main goal was achieved in 1919 when the nation narrowly approved Prohibition, the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which made it illegal to sell or transport alcohol

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ACCIDENTS and EXPENSES

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Saul borrowed a white Rolls Royce for his daughter’s wedding from his neighbor Ian. On the way to the wedding a huge Mack Truck reversed out of a parking lot and collided with Saul’s borrowed Rolls Royce. Is Saul liable to pay any damages

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GAMBLING

QUESTIONS: Case 1 Billy Cohen enjoys hanging out while on vacation at the Tel Aviv Millionaire Stop, a glorious amusement arcade. Is it halachically permitted to play on the slot machines there? Case 2 Lopez Marciano is a regular at the Jericho Casino scene. Between heavy gambling

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