Home Subscribe Services Support Us
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Paying on Time1 Part 19

This week we will begin discussion of different situations with regard to the obligation of paying on time (bal tolin).

- We have learned in the past that many authorities hold that rental fees for using a building are subject to bal tolin. Therefore, rental fees for use of a mikvah (ritual cleansing bath) and the fees for using a towel are, in theory, subject to bal tolin. However, this only applies if the mikva has a strict policy of ne credit. In practice many mikvas do not enforce immediate payment. Rather, the people in charge allow the user to pay a later time if necessary.

- We have seen previously that if one takes employment with the prior knowledge that the employer will not be able to pay him on time, then there is no bal tolin. An interesting application of this concept is with regard to someone who works as a waiter on Shabbos and his joy finishes during Shabbos. In such a case, the employer cannot pay him on time and the worker is aware (or should be made aware) of that fact when he accepts employment. Therefore, some authorities hold that there is no bal tolin. It is, however, Rabbinically prohibited to withhold payment when requested.

1. Much of the information for this essay is taken from "Halachos of Other People's Money" by Rabbi Yisroel Pinchos Bodner.

Text Copyright 2009 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and

Visit Rabbi Gefen's new blog at

Rabbi Gefen's new book, The Guiding Light, is now available! To order, please contact Rabbi Gefen at or 00972 52 761 9935.



View Complete List

God is Always Close
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Exact Measurements of Punishment
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Oh Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

A Blessed Business
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

A Glaring Omission
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

A New Perspective
Shlomo Katz - 5768

> The Greatest Miracle of all Times
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5772

'Mehadrin' - An Understanding of the Concept
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

Purpose of Mission
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5756


Our Power is Found
Rabbi Label Lam - 5764

Eglah Arufah: Of Calves & Fruit
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Counsel of Hashem
Shlomo Katz - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Peaceful Retirement
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

The Fruits of our Action
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5762

The Triumph of Quality Over Quantity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

Be Patient!
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Project Genesis Home

Torah Portion

Jewish Law



Learn the Basics




Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base


About Us

Contact Us

Free Book on Geulah! Home Copyright Information