FILES OF THE BET DIN

LOST AND FOUNDMay 2016

THE CASE Debbie and Joey had been married for less than a year when they realized that their Ketubawas lost. Since Debbie did not remember ever storing her Ketuba for safekeeping, the couple decided to review their wedding video to determine who was entrusted with the Ketuba. The video indicated that Debbie’s mother had placed the Ketuba on a small table Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A DIFFICULT CHARACTERApril 2016

Al sold his private home to Benny for two-million, three-hundred-thousand dollars. Since Al desperately needed to sell the property, he agreed by contract to enable Benny to put down part of the purchase price, and then to pay the seven-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollar remainder in two annual installments. At the closing, Benny paid one million five hundred Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

AN AGING FATHERMarch 2016

Moe passed away at the age of ninety-two-years-old and is survived by his eldest daughter Stacy, and two sons, Abie and Joey. After her father’s passing, Stacy presented her brothers with a Last Will and Testament signed by her father back in April 2007. The will clearly instructed that the estate, valued at approximately 6 Read More »

TERRIFIED OF PARISFebruary 2016

Terrified of Paris Sam, a commercial real estate representative, booked a flight from New York to Paris less than two weeks after the recent large-scale scale terrorist attack. With a hotel booking for three nights, Sam scheduled numerous meetings with investors and developers interested in doing business with the company he represented. On the eve Read More »

WILL YOU MARRY ME?January 2016

The Case Cindy, a high school student of a Hebrew Academy in Florida, was very popular among her classmates. As common with co-ed schools, the students regularly interact on a social level and at times develop friendships. Bobby, a classmate of Cindy’s, had such a friendship with her. One afternoon between school periods Bobby approached Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

FOUR MEMBERS ONLYDecember 2015

The Case Norman purchased five permanent seats in a prominent synagogue in his neighborhood. When he arrived for the first time on the High Holidays, on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, he discovered that only four seats were assigned to his family. Norman confronted the synagogue coordinator, who apologized for the mistake, and, as Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A PONZI SCHEMENovember 2015

The Case Rich, seeking to expand his wealth, regularly invested in small wholesale corporations that were in need of capital. His latest investment included the purchase of 50 percent of Yoram’s textile company for $1.9 million. Before making the purchase, Rich reviewed the company’s accounting history, and thereafter signed and transferred half the sum as Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

STRANDED ON A HOT SUMMER DAYOctober 2015

The Case Steven regularly rode his bike to camp and parked it at the bike rack on the outdoor grounds. One morning he arrived late and there was no space left at the bike rack, so he locked his bike to one of the other bikes. The campers were dismissed at 4pm, but that day Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

A YEAR OF SABBATICALSeptember 2015

The Case Danny, already in his mid-40s, decided to move to Jerusalem, Israel and enroll in a yeshiva. Having never received an extensive Jewish education, he was overwhelmed by the large number of Torah laws that he was entirely unaware of. He was particularly intrigued by the agricultural laws of the Sabbatical year (“shemitah”), which Read More »

By Rabbi Max Sutton

INVESTED INTERESTAugust 2015

The Case Alan, president of an established ladies’ wear corporation, was in need of a loan to operate his business. He approached his brother-in-law, Sam, and asked for a $750,000 loan, and although Sam was at first reluctant, he eventually transferred the entire sum. The two agreed on a six percent annual interest rate which Read More »

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