Pruzbul

Sources And Reasons In the Torah, we find the command to observe a Sabbatical Year, the shemita (Devarim 15:1-11). There are two aspects of this mitzvah: the land is not to be worked and all…


Jewish Law and Copyright

In our highly advanced technological age, the duplication of original works of authorship has become almost effortless. While at one time, manuscripts or books had to be copied laboriously by hand, it is now possible…


Inflation Issues in Jewish Law

Introduction In recent times, inflation has been widely recognized as a menacing social problem. While the rate of inflation in 1982 has considerably abated, its scourge wrenches recent memory. For the years 1980 and 1981,…



Jewish Divorce and the Role of Beit Din

(NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Winter 5760/1999 issue of Jewish Action, a magazine publication of the Orthodox Union, and is reprinted herein with permission.) One of the major roles of a beit din…



Bankruptcy – A Viable Halachic Option?

INTRODUCTION* American bankruptcy law offers people the opportunity to avoid repaying their debts, even if they later become wealthy. This is accomplished by granting debtors a “discharge” of their debt, which permanently eliminates their legal…


Bankruptcy: A Halakhic Perspective

The social phenomenon of bankruptcy is one that is increasingly familiar to many Americans. In the past decade, major companies previously thought to be virtually invulnerable – airlines, hotel chains, real estate developers – have…