Monday, May 31, 2010

Halocho #579 - Be nice to me; I lent you money

In most cases, a person who received interest from a loan needs to return it.

Even if the borrower - on his own accord - returns more than he borrowed or adds a gift, it is considered interest on the loan and the lender is not allowed to accept it.

Even non-monetary gain from a debtor is forbidden. For example:

- The creditor may not ask the debtor to inform him when somebody has arrived, unless he used to do this before giving him the loan.

- The debtor may not go out of his way to greet the creditor, unless he always used to do so.

- The debtor may not patronize the creditor's business, unless he used to do so before getting the loan.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 65: 5, 9, 10

- Danny
Monday, 18 Sivan 5770

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