Monday, August 11, 2008

Borrowing property


Today we begin a new topic, which we first examined five years ago. I hope to expand it this time around. Note that this is substantively different from another topic we have discussed, that of borrowing money.

One who borrows an item is responsible for any harm which befalls the item, even if it was harm he could not prevent.
The only exceptions to this rule are:
a. Harm caused by normal use, and
b. Harm directly caused by the action of the lender.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 340:1)

Have a good day,

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