Saturday, July 11, 2009

Verbal commitment to give a gift, Part II


We have begun discussing the laws of gifts.

If Robert says to Sam, "I am giving you Todd's house as gift," and Todd agrees and even confirms this with a physical act signifying his acquiescence, the gift is still non-binding for both Robert and Todd.

This is because Robert's words are non-binding, as are all verbal gifts; Todd's confirmation was simply a confirmation of empty words.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 241:1; Meirat Einayim 241:5)

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