Question:

I was a guest at someone’s house for Shabbat. I was playing with the wine opener while it was on the table, opened it fully and then it broke accidentally.

Am I liable for damages since it was unintentional and am I obligated to replace the wine opener?

Answer:

 

Breaking something unintentional is not a reason to exempt liability, unless the circumstances were beyond your control. However you don’t have to replace the wine opener with a new one since you only broke a used one. Therefore what owe them is the value of a used wine opener.

Sources:

Baba Kama 26a, CH:M 378-1.

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