FILES OF THE BET DIN

A DIAMOND BROOCHNovember 2018

THE CASE Ann, an elderly widow, was scheduled for a complicated operation in two weeks’ time. In preparation, she deposited her valuable jewelry with Janice, her close friend and neighbor. Janice received the jewelry along with explicit instructions of its distribution in the worst-case scenario. Thank Heavens the operation was a success, though Ann needed Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

TO SELL OR NOT TO SELLOctober 2018

THE CASE Upon the passing of their father, Harry and Steven inherited a valuable real estate property. Harry, a father of seven children, expressed to his single brother Steven, that he wished to sell the property as he was in desperate need of funds. Steven responded that it would clearly be a mistake to sell Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A PARTNER?September 2018

THE CASE Sol, owner of a sportswear company, needed funds to further develop his business. Additionally, he was searching for a popular brand name to help market his product. He approached Jerry and offered to sell him 50% of the shares of his business in return for a cash investment, and the exclusive rights to Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A SUMMER CANCELLATIONAugust 2018

Stacy enrolled her twin boys in a local day camp for the upcoming summer. Upon registration, she placed a cash deposit with the camp to secure two spots for her two sons. Two months prior to the summer, and continuously thereafter, the camp management contacted Stacy informing her that her payment balance is due, and Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

CLOSE THE SYNAGOGUE?July 2018

Abie is the owner of a downstairs apartment and basement of a two-family home. He enjoyed having many of his extended family members live nearby, and when the family suffered the loss of its grandfather, Abie decided to open a small synagogue in his basement for Shabbat services only. Before embarking on the project, he Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

OUR BIG BROTHERJune 2018

Alan was the founder and 80% shareholder of a successful wholesale corporation. His two younger brothers Stan and Steve were each granted by Alan 10% of the company shares, on account of their years of hard work and dedication to the business. After decades of successful partnership, unfortunately, Alan suddenly passed on. He had left Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

THE MOST VALUABLE POSSESSION ON EARTHMay 2018

Charles, may he rest in peace, was a leading community member, who back in the 1970s dedicated a Sefer Torah to his local synagogue. Upon his passing, his two sons built a new synagogue in memory of their beloved father, and they requested of their local synagogue to return to them their father’s Sefer Torah. They explained that Read More »

THE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITYApril 2018

Jason resided on the second floor of a two-family house and was in the process of completely renovating his apartment. After moving the location of his living room to the back of his house, he planned to convert the existing bay window of that room to sliding doors leading to a suspended terrace. When Albert, Read More »

LIEN ON MEMarch 2018

THE CASE Bobby’s otherwise successful wholesale corporation sustained multiple losses and he reached out to Joe for a multi-million-dollar loan. Joe extended the loan on condition that Bobby returns the funds in six equal quarterly payments. As agreed, Joe secured the return of his money by placing a lien on one of Bobby’s commercial properties. Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

I THOUGHT I PAIDFebruary 2018

Brenda is an experienced dressmaker who regularly designs gowns for lavish affairs. Sandy, mother of the bride, hired Brenda to sew her gown. Two months after the wedding, Brenda called Sandy to collect the $1500 owed to her for her services. Sandy replied that although she clearly remembers that she did not pay Brenda when Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton
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