You know those ads that you sometimes see in the Classifieds section of local frum publications: I may have scratched your Honda Accord on Monday, August 14, in such-and-such shopping plaza. Please call me at… When I read those ads, I can’t help but feel all warm inside. Ah… Who is like the Jewish Nation?!
But then sometimes I wonder: was that person obligated to do what he did? Was it a beyond-the-letter-of-the-law kind of thing for him to pay for the opportunity to perhaps be apprehended by the Accord owner, or was he halachically mechuyav to do it?
Rav Yisroel Belsky zt”l would get these types of questions all the time, and in Living with Honesty, readers are treated to a smorgasbord of such real-life questions that were actually presented to him—and his clear responses to these intricate—and fascinating!—she’eilos.
Are you allowed to copy a CD for your own use? What about taking time for personal matters at work? If your friend works in a restaurant and gives you free food—is that allowed? You’ll find Rav Belsky’s responses to all these questions and dozens more, in this beautiful book by noted author Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits (himself one of Rabbi Belsky’s close talmidim).
The “honesty issues” facing our society these days are numerous; it is incumbent upon us all to find out the actual halachos governing these areas, such as dina d’malchusa dina, chillul Hashem, and geneivas da’as, and act accordingly. What better way to do so than by using Living with Honesty as a guide?
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