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Shabbat Parashat Naso 5782

Naso | 5 Sivan 5782 | 04/06/2022

P'ninat Mishpat: Appeal of an Incomplete Ruling

The defendant (=def) worked for the plaintiff (=pl) as a building inspector and was relieved of his duties toward the end of the work of the contractor (=cont2). He was paid a large, although not full, amount of money. Pl sued def for 14,280 NIS, including the return of 3,500 NIS for paying for more than was done and for various damages that the delays and mistakes in defs work caused. Among the major complaints: 1. Def did not make himself available to speak with pl; 2. Def never sat down with cont2. 3. He did not ask the right questions or get into details as he should have. 4. The contractor def suggested (=cont1) backed out at the last minute. The beit din (=bd1), not from Eretz Hemdahs network but one that allows for appeals to other batei din, employed an expert, whose report indicates that everything def did appears to have been done for the benefit of the job and that no action or lack thereof seemed unreasonable. Although def should have met with cont2, no identifiable damage came from the lack of such a meeting. Bd1 also believes that cont2 lied about certain things to remove blame from himself for reneging on the estimate he gave. Therefore, bd1 rejected claims of damages. Regarding return of money def received, bd1 agreed that it should not be returned but the dayanim disagreed on the reason. It is unclear that def received more than he deserved, and so def may not need to return money either based on the advantage of being in possession or because each installment of payment is a decision of pl that def deserved the payment for what he already did.


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Nir Rephael ben Rachel Bracha
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Neta bat Malka

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Iyar 10, 5771

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Tishrei 9
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Sivan 17 / Av 20


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Tishrei 20 ,5781


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Rav Carmel's father

Iyar 8 ,5776


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bat RMoshe Zev a”h.

Tamuz 10 ,5774


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Kislev 9 / Elul 5780

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Tevet 16 ,5780


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Sebbag, z"l


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Cheshvan 13, 5778


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Tamuz 23, 5777


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Iyar 18 ,5779


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Av 4


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Tammuz 19, 5778


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Adar 28, 5781


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Av 30, 5781


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Adar II 17, 5782


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Adar II 18, 5782


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Nisan 27, 5782


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