Bal Talin – Paying Wages On Time – part 3: Non Direct Employer

In two places, the Torah writes about the obligations of an employer to pay his worker. In one place, there is a negative commandment not to delay payment – “Do not keep the wages of a worker with you until the next day” (Vayikra 19:13). In another place, there is a positive commandment to pay a worker on time – “Pay his wages that day, before the sun sets” (Devarim 24:15). In addition, the verse in Mishlei states “Do not tell a worker to come back tomorrow, and you have money to pay him” (3:28).
In this summary, the main issues of the prohibition, known as bal talin, are presented. This includes when to pay, the employer’s responsibility, hiring a worker through a third party, corporations and organizations, volunteered services, method of payment, and rentals.

29/10/2010

Chayei Sarah – Halachic Aspects of the Shadchan

In line with the theme of this week’s Parashah, which includes the first shidduch recorded by the Torah, this week’s
article is dedicated to the halachos governing shadchanus. What is the principle behind payment of a shadchan, as
commonly practiced among Ashkenazi communities? When must shadchanus gelt be paid, and who is obligated to
make the payment? How are shadchanus fees divided between various parties involved in making the shidduch?
These questions, and more, are discussed in this week’s article.

Bal Talin – Paying Wages On Time – part 2: The Employers Responsibility

In two places, the Torah writes about the obligations of an employer to pay his worker. In one place, there is a negative commandment not to delay payment – “Do not keep the wages of a worker with you until the next day” (Vayikra 19:13). In another place, there is a positive commandment to pay a worker on time – “Pay his wages that day, before the sun sets” (Devarim 24:15). In addition, the verse in Mishlei states “Do not tell a worker to come back tomorrow, and you have money to pay him” (3:28).
In this summary, the main issues of the prohibition, known as bal talin, are presented. This includes when to pay, the employer’s responsibility, hiring a worker through a third party, corporations and organizations, volunteered services, method of payment, and rentals.

25/10/2010

Bal Talin – Paying Wages On Time – part 1: When to Pay

In two places, the Torah writes about the obligations of an employer to pay his worker. In one place, there is a negative commandment not to delay payment – “Do not keep the wages of a worker with you until the next day” (Vayikra 19:13). In another place, there is a positive commandment to pay a worker on time – “Pay his wages that day, before the sun sets” (Devarim 24:15). In addition, the verse in Mishlei states “Do not tell a worker to come back tomorrow, and you have money to pay him” (3:28).
In this summary, the main issues of the prohibition, known as bal talin, are presented. This includes when to pay, the employer’s responsibility, hiring a worker through a third party, corporations and organizations, volunteered services, method of payment, and rentals.

21/10/2010

To Drink or Not to Drink

In this week’s Parashah we learn of the potency of wine and the disasterous effects it can have. But what is the halachic status of wine and drunkeness? Does halachah distinguish between different degrees of inebriation? Aside from the question of “permitted or forbidden,” which further ramifications are there of drinking and drunkeness? These questions, and more, are address in this week’s article.

The Lulav

If the leaves lie against the spine, the lulav is mehudar.
If the leaves fan out to the side, but can be tied down to the spine, the lulav is kosher but not mehudar.
If the leaves fan out to the side, but cannot be tied down to the spine, the lulav is possul.

Magic: As Innocent As It Seems?

Magic tricks have become a part of many of our lives. We are used to magicians appearing at birthday parties, to children coming home from schools with magic tricks, and to magic shows that even adults are amazed by. But are these magical matters consistent with halachah? This article briefly discusses the fascinating issue of magic and halachah.

22/06/2010

A Question of Fruit – Shavuos 5770

… In effect, Shavuos takes us from the known path of the past year, a path that we can count and quantify, and brings us to the unknown way of a new avodah—a path that is ‘infinite’ with respect to the one we now tread. Without Shav

17/05/2010