Question:

How long is the statute of limitations on a co-signed check that the signer didn’t pay and he closed the account for a check of 2,000 shekels 30 years ago. Now the co-signer wanted to renew his Israeli passport and they won’t let him because they want $10,000. Aren’t there laws in the Torah about interest and in Shmita year forgiving debt?

Answer:

You are right from the Torah’s laws, but unfortunately the Israeli government doesn’t keep to the Torah’s laws, and they charge interest etc. If the person who the check was given to is religious, you could let him know this and he can nullify the charges, and you could work it out with him directly, and not have to deal with the Israeli collection agency.

I hope things work out well.

 

 

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