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THE LAW OF RETURN

  • March 27, 2020

The Ketzos (354:4) writes that the only way something not in one’s physical control can be considered birshuso is when it is held as a pikadon, in trust, on his behalf. Even if a sale was rendered null and void…

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POSSESSING THE DISPOSSESSED

  • March 27, 2020

An item that is lost or stolen remains the property of its owner. Were he to retrieve it, he would not require a kinyan to regain ownership. Nevertheless, it is outside of his control—aino birshuso. The Gemara (Bava Kama 69b)…

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TAKING STOCK OF CHAMETZ

  • March 27, 2020

Adapted from a shiur by Dayan Yosef Greenwald May one own shares on Pesach in a public company that owns chametz? At the heart of this issue is the halachic view of corporations and stock ownership, and whether shareholders, who…

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Bais HaVaad on the Parsha

  • March 16, 2020

Parshas Hachodesh Man and the Moon Adapted from a shiur by Dayan Yosef Greenwald This month is for you the head of the months…. (Shemos 12:1) The mishnayos in Rosh Hashanah describe the performance of this mitzvah during the period…

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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

  • March 11, 2020

HILCHOS BRACHOS EVENT HELD IN LAKEWOOD Part one: Part two: This past Sunday, a special event took place at the Prospect Park Shul. The OU and the Bais HaVaad partnered to present Daf Yomi learners with an opportunity to learn…

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Bais HaVaad on the Parsha

  • March 9, 2020

Parshas Ki Sisa Summary of a shiur by Dayan Daniel Dombroff Selective Service Borer (selecting) is one of the 39 forbidden melachos of Shabbos, but the Gemara (Shabbos 74a) concludes that it is permitted when performed under all three of…

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RIBBIS STORIES & ANECDOTRES

  • February 19, 2020

IN PASSING In 19th-century Posen, Poland, lived a man who had become wealthy by lending to needy Jews at interest. Upon his death, the chevra kadisha charged the family a princely sum for his burial. Incensed, the survivors complained to…

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RIBBIS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

  • February 19, 2020

Many common financial transactions involve ribbis, so pitfalls abound for the unaware. Following are some common business activities that can, depending on the circumstances, constitute ribbis. • Cosigning - cosigning on a loan or car lease, even where the lender…

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RIBBIS FACTS

  • February 19, 2020

WHO IS SUBJECT TO RIBBIS? All participants in the transaction violate issurim: lender, borrower, witness, guarantor, and scribe or attorney. BANKS AND PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES - As ribbis is only prohibited where both parties are Jewish, one may borrow at…

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RIBBIS BASICS

  • February 19, 2020

By Harav Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad WHAT IS RIBBIS? The Torah prohibits borrowers and lenders from entering into a loan transaction with a fellow Jew that includes an interest obligation (Shemos 22:24, Vayikra 25:35-36, Devarim 23:20,). Even if the…

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