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Social, monetary and ethical dilemmas presented through the perspective of Jewish Law

The Court of Jewish Law

The Court of Jewish Law

Social, Monetary and Ethical dilemmas presented through the perspective of Jewish Law

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Can the government take private property?
Let’s start with the classic definition of eminent domain, which is first mentioned in the Book of Samuel.
First, we need to understand an underlying philosophical difference between the Constitution and the Torah.
Was she allowed to confiscate it? If she was, is she responsible to reimburse me?
Do I stop my project because of my neighbor’s complaint, or can I finally have my dreamed-of privacy?
My daughter really enjoyed the classes and was eager to attend each week. But after the fourth class, she fell and injured her foot . . .
Practical guidelines for Hashavat Aveidah
In the park next to her school, my daughter found a child’s lone glove. She’s insisting that we take it home and post signs to publicize it so that the owner might retrieve it.
She was about to return it when she noticed that the pages were filled with smears from trying her hand at the recipes.
The controversy surrounding former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’s new memoir
So what does the Torah say about a situation like this? Would a Jew, who is bound by Torah law, be permitted to write a tell-all memoirk?
My elderly mother is adamantly against my doing this. She argues that charity begins at home, and that a relative might need my organ in the future.
Sometimes at night I like to check my e‑mails and browse the Internet. Can I use an unsecured Wi-Fi network without permission?
What to say, how to say and if to say, in the light of classic sources in halachah
I don't know if the unethical practices hurt anyone, but I really want to tell the management.
Were the colonists right for dumping all the tea into Boston Harbor? Am I allowed to participate in a sit-in? What does Judaism have to say?
Our upstairs neighbor had a major leak in her bathroom and, since we live in an apartment building, as a consequence two walls in our apartment got damaged.
Halachic Guidelines for Returning Items
When I recently went on a road trip with my family, a friend suggested that I “buy” a portable DVD player for the kids to watch during the long trip. He suggested that I buy it from a store with a 60-day no-questions-asked return policy, and then simply return it after the trip.
Recently there’s been is a lot of debate and discussion on the issue of vaccinations. As a parent, I’m curious what Jewish law has to say on the topic.
We’ll focus on perhaps the most practical (and the most prone to be disregarded) areas of Jewish law: the laws of interest.
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