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Have laws concerning usury in the Torah been replaced by secular laws?
No, they haven't been replaced--Torah laws are still in place. However, Torah says that in business issues, we ALSO have to follow the rule of the land....

Can I find the laws of usury in the Old Testament?
Certainly. The Torah discusses the prohibition against taking interest in many places: Exodus 22:24; Leviticus 25:36-37; and Deuteronomy 23:20-21. (See...

Can you explain the concept of “chazakah” in Jewish law in regard to property?
If a person occupies a field for three years, and the original owner does not say a thing, and then one day the neighbor says, “Hey, this guy took my...

Is there a law in Judaism against obstructing justice?
The Torah has many laws that fall loosely under the category of obstruction of justice. I hope I haven’t missed out any. It is forbidden to swear...

Is it ever permitted to lie?
According to halachah it is permitted to "bend the truth" in order to perserve family harmony. G-d demonstrated this1 when He told Abraham...

What are the rules of inheritance according to Jewish law?
The laws of inheritance are numerous and complex. The following are the basic rules:If a man dies, his possessions are divided by his sons. His wife can...

Can you fire someone in order to hire someone else?
If someone is established at a certain job, he/she cannot be arbitrarily dismissed because someone doesn't like him/her or because another candidate for...

Why does the prohibition against lending with interest only apply between Jews?
There is nothing wrong or unethical about lending with interest. It is a common practice which is done in all civilized law-abiding societies. Still, the...

Can I be a partner in a business which operates on Shabbat?
If the other partners are Jewish, then it is (obviously) forbidden to be part of such a business.If the other partners are non-Jews, then it must be...

Is it permissible to pay someone for services rendered on Shabbat?
You cannot pay someone for services rendered on Shabbat. However, you can pay for something that was done before or after the Shabbat and "included" in the...

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