Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Our Fellow Man

33: Laws of Commerce

"When you make a sale to your friend or make a purchase from him... [you shall buy and sell fairly]." (Vayikra 25: 14-15)

In Parshas Behar, we are given a number of guidelines on how we should buy and sell assets. Land is acquired by money, a document, or the physical act of working the field (chazakah). It is a mitvah to follow the Torah's guidelines in all transactions of buying and selling.

We can ask, why does the Torah provide all these guidelines? Why can't people just do what they want?

We are taught that everything in Hashem's world has a purpose, and each person has his time and place (Avos 4:3). Thus, there are Torah methods of establishing ownership which attach an item to its owner in a meaningful way and make it part of his responsibility in life.

Upon one's entrance to the World to Come, the first quesiton he will be asked will be, "Were you honest in your business dealings?" (Shabbos 31a)


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 

ARTICLES ON EIKEV:

View Complete List

National Consequence
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5758

The Healing of the Heel
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Building on Our Blessings
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5761

> Big Deal!
Shlomo Katz - 5758

The Beauty of Dependence
Shlomo Katz - 5766

Tefillin: Tied Up
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5767

Looking for a Chavrusah?

When Tragedy Strikes...
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

The Ante-Room
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

The Limitations of Man's Understanding
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5762

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Personal Perception
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

Of Bread and Milk
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

The Supernatural Land
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

ArtScroll

Fear of Heaven - No Small Matter
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

The Human Ark
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

The Pitfalls of Perfection
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

Genuine Wealth
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763



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