Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Paying on Time1, Part 3

In the previous article we outlined the Torah prohibitions that relate to paying workers. In this article we will discuss who must be paid on time.

The prohibition of bal tolin[2] applies to the wages of any worker. This includes a salaried employee, a service provider (such as a taxi driver), or a craftsman (such as a repairman).[3]

It can also apply to the wages or fees of someone hired for a day, an hour, or even for a single chore.

It can further apply to rental of moveable items (such as chairs or tables) and many authorities hold that it even applies to building space rentals (such as hotel room rentals).

It should also be noted that bal tolin comes into effect with wages as little as one prutah. Some authorities hold that it applies to payment of less than one prutah.


1. Much of the information for this essay is taken from "Halachos of Other People's Money" by Rabbi Yisroel Pinchos Bodner.
2. This literally means, ‘do not delay’ and refers to the mitzvo not to delay payment. We will use this term throughout this series.
3. The details of the laws pertaining to a craftsman will be discussed in detail at a later point in the series.


 

Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org

Visit Rabbi Gefen's new blog at rabbiygefen.blogspot.com.

Rabbi Gefen's new book, The Guiding Light, is now available! To order, please contact Rabbi Gefen at Gefen123@smile.net.il or 00972 52 761 9935.


 






ARTICLES ON NETZAVIM AND VAYEILECH:

View Complete List

G-d's Concealment
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Of Blandisments and Seductions
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Let the Light In!
Shlomo Katz - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Heartspeak
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5758

Reading Between The Lines
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

No Excuse Not To 'Do Teshuvah'
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

ArtScroll

The Doors to Teshuva Never Fully Close
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5766

Parshios Netzavim & Vayeilech
Shlomo Katz - 5771

"The Man Who Blesses Himself In His Heart Saying..." Wasn't Totally Wrong
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Lost in Translation
Rabbi Label Lam - 5769

Reaching Within
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5763

The Spiritual Environment
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767

> A Poor Man's Prayer
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Judging the Day of Judgement
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Family Values
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

This Time, Let's Do It Right
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information