Reading Assignment - Class #12

Please read mitzvot #231 – 232, 236 and 260.

Please consider the following questions: 

Mitzvah #260:

This essay ends with a paragraph about whom the mitzvah applies to and who it doesn’t.  (That paragraph begins “noheget b’chol makom,”  “It is in force.”  In the Feldheim translation that is on p. 156-157.)  Try to list all the cases the author explains, what answer the author gives for each case, and why that is the result. 

Mitzvah #232:

Is a Jew permitted to sell something to idol worshippers shortly before a pagan festival?  To lend money or objects to the idol worshippers?  To repay a loan?  Why not?  Note that different cases might have different explanations. 

Mitzvah #236:

Robbers come to someone’s house.  The homeowner is not at home, but a guest is home.  The robbers make off with some of the homeowner’s goods.  Must the guest reimburse the homeowner for the goods under each of the following circumstances:

  1. The guest voluntarily shows the robbers where to find the goods?
  2. The guest shows the robbers where to find the goods after the robbers threaten to kill the guest?
  3. The guest shows the robbers where to find the goods after the robbers threaten to steal the guest’s goods?
  4. The robbers tell the guest to get the goods and hand them to the robbers?
  5. The robbers force the guest to tell them where to find the goods and then tell the guest to get the goods and hand them to the robbers? 

We know a Jew plans to tell the corrupt government that another Jew has done something wrong.  How should we respond?  Does it matter whether the person has done similar things in the past?

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