Saturday, April 25, 2009

Finding treasures in the trash


One who finds a sealed item in an area that is usually designated for trash should not take it - it is likely that someone put the item there for safekeeping.

However, if it is publicly known that the trash heap is frequently cleared, then one may take any item found there. One may assume that everyone is aware that items placed there are going to be cleared away, and therefore people do not use it for storage space.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 260:11)

Have a great day,

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