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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • March 19, 2019

A Ride to a Wedding A few friends are seeking a ride to a wedding. If the driver happens to owe money to any of them, may he offer the lender a ride? May he give the lender preference over…

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Corporate Gifts

  • March 12, 2019

Many startup businesses are created through an agreement in which an investor provides funding with a heter iska contract. May the business owner send the investor annual corporate gifts, or an extravagant Shalach Manos on Purim? Poskim disagree whether the…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • March 5, 2019

GIVING THE LENDER AN ALIYAH Dovid, the gabbai in Shul in charge of giving out the aliyos, happens to owe money to Zelig, another member of the shul. May he offer Zelig an aliyah? May he offer him shlishi or…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • February 26, 2019

Learning With The Lender Reuven borrowed money from Shimon, and Shimon used the opportunity to inquire if Reuven would want to setup a chavrusa session with him. Is this an issue of ribbis? The Shulchan Aruch writes that a borrower…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • February 20, 2019

USING A BORROWER'S CD OR MP3 PLAYER Reuven owes Shimon money. May Shimon use Reuven’s CD or MP3 player without permission if he is knows Reuven lets others use it without permission? May Shimon take some of Reuven’s Taster’s Choice…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • February 13, 2019

Favors for the lender Regarding favors in ribbis, the following levels of friendship and favors are discussed in halachah: Acquaintances: Favors one would not have done otherwise: A private favor the borrower would not have done previously for the lender,…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • February 5, 2019

USUAL AND UNUSUAL FAVORS May a person do favors for someone he owes money to? For example, Reuven, who owes Shimon money, was in a sefarim store and saw a sefer Shimon always wanted. May he do him a favor…

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RIBBIS: MATTERS OF INTEREST

  • January 18, 2019

Cosigning and similar concepts It is definitely permitted for a Jew to co-sign as a standard arev on a loan initiated by a public company. Being that the terms are that the lender will turn to the borrower for payment…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

  • January 15, 2019

AREV: GUARANTEEING A LOAN (COSIGNERS) In certain instances where a home buyer does not meet underwriting criteria, the bank may require a cosigner to guarantee the loan. The current practice of banks is to stipulate that they can collect from…

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