FILES OF THE BET DIN

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!March 2017

Bobby and Joseph are next-door neighbors. The two own private homes with backyards adjacent to one another. One day, Bobby walked over and congratulated Joseph on the new barbeque located in his private backyard. Joseph was surprised and inquired how Bobby was aware of yesterday’s purchase of his new grill. Bobby responded that he’d just Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

DOUBLE CROSSED?February 2017

Harry, a real estate developer, agreed to become partners with Steve, who would provide the financial backing for the building of a new shopping mall. The two decided that Harry’s corporation would offer their bid on the property for sale and, if their bid was accepted, Steve would arrange the payment. At first their bid Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

CASE CLOSED?January 2017

Alan resided on a university campus and shared a room with Bobby and Sam. Bobby and Sam were each independently in the used cell phone business and they both supplied phones for the student body. One afternoon, Alan left his phone in his room to charge. Upon his return some two hours later, the phone Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

“THE NECKLACE”December 2016

Sandy was preparing for her daughter’s wedding in less than a week, and she could not find a matching necklace for her custom-made gown. She reached out to her neighbor, Rita, who offered to lend Sandy her diamond necklace for the big day. Sandy gratefully borrowed the necklace and wore it on the night of Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

HAPPY HOLIDAY?November 2016

Joey and Abie share a two-family home; Joey lives in the downstairs apartment and Abie in the one upstairs. For a number of years, Joey has been building his sukkah on the front porch of their home. This year, Abie received a permit from the city to build a terrace off the front of his Read More »

ON THE HOLIEST OF DAYSOctober 2016

David regularly purchased the privilege of carrying the Sefer Torah during Kal Nidre at his local synagogue. Each year, on the eve of Yom Kippur, an auction is conducted in his synagogue, during which the congregants place their bids for the various available privileges, and each year, David outbid all other participants for the privilege of carrying the Torah Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A TERRORIZING FALSE ALARMSeptember 2016

Yaakov, a teenager of Sephardic Jewish descent, strongly resembled a young Muslim, in his facial and physical features. Whenever he traveled through airports, he was detained for questioning on account of his appearance. One evening, Yaakov went with a friend to a steakhouse for dinner. The restaurant was packed with seated customers and many were Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

TURN OF EVENTSAugust 2016

Danny and Brenda were happily married for years. Danny operated a successful wholesale corporation throughout the early years of their marriage, from which the two enjoyed financial freedom and security. Unfortunately, tougher times arrived. The business suffered multiple setbacks and Danny equally divided the title of his private home to include Brenda as an owner. Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

FULL STEAM AHEADJuly 2016

Murray, a young man eighteen years of age, took private driving lessons with Cheryl, a certified Driver’s Ed teacher. During their second lesson, Cheryl seemed to be preoccupied with a family issue and conducted numerous phone calls throughout their time together. Feeling neglected, Murray expressed his frustration. Cheryl reassured him that he finally had her Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

FOREVER AND A DAYJune 2016

Jay rented an apartment from Sol for two years, at $1800 per month. Two months before the end of the contract, Jay expressed his interest in the third year rental option. Although Sol agreed, he notified Jay that the rental fee would be adjusted to the going market rate and raised to $2100 a month. Read More »

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