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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

BEFRIENDING WITH INTENTION TO BORROW A rich man moves into the neighborhood with his family and obviously makes many friends. May one befriend him with the intention of borrowing from him in the future? May a neighbor give the man…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

WHEN THE LENDER OVEREXTENDS HIMSELF Sometimes a person needs to go through considerable effort to extend a loan to their friend. For example they might need to make a special trip to the bank, or request permission from family members…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

HONORING A PHILANTHROPIC LENDER May a mechaber (author) honor someone who lent money toward the printing costs of their book, or a yeshivah honor a lender by placing an ad thanking them for their kindness? Does it make a difference…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

THANKING THE LENDER May the borrower thank the lender for the loan? May he greet him warmly upon meeting him in the street? Does it make any difference if he thanked or greeted him during the life of the loan…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

Metzora SENDING A PACKAGE OVERSEAS It is customary to give “shaliach mitzvah money” as a shmirah (protection) to someone who is traveling, in order that they give it to tzedakah upon arrival at their destination. May the giver request favors…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

ASKING THE BORROWER TO CASH A CHECK A person asks his friend for a loan. His friend agrees to lend him money, but since he only has a check, he tells him to cash the check, borrow the amount he…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

Purchasing Items from the Store A neighbor borrows money to go shopping at the local supermarket. The lender asks the borrower if they can buy an item for him as well, and adds another few dollars for the purchase. Is…

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Ribbis: Matters of Interest

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

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

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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