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Can a Homeowner Pay Subcontractors Directly? 

Rabbi Shmuel Honigwachs   Case: A contractor accepts a job from a homeowner on a cost-plus basis and hires subcontractors to take care of some of the work (plumbers, electricians, etc.). After the work is done, he requests payment from…

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Q&A From the Bais HaVaad Halacha Hotline

Early Adopters Rav Avraham Yeshaya Cohen July 23, 2020   Q:  To make “early Shabbos,” when must one daven and eat? A:  There is a dispute between R' Yehuda and the Chachamim (Brachos 26a) whether shkiah (sunset) or plag hamincha…

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Bais HaVaad on the Parsha, Parshas Devarim

Brother in Law Excerpted and adapted from a shiur by Dayan Yosef Greenwald July 23, 2020   …And you shall judge righteousness between a man and his brother and his opponent. (Devarim 1:16) The only mitzva in this week’s parsha…

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Can One Ever Back Out of a Deal?

Rabbi Yehoshua Wolfe Question: We know that a kinyan is required to effectuate a halachic transaction. If so, is one allowed to back out of an agreement before a kinyan is performed? Answer: Normally, a claim that one party retracted…

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