Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Paying on Time1, Part 3

In the previous article we outlined the Torah prohibitions that relate to paying workers. In this article we will discuss who must be paid on time.

The prohibition of bal tolin[2] applies to the wages of any worker. This includes a salaried employee, a service provider (such as a taxi driver), or a craftsman (such as a repairman).[3]

It can also apply to the wages or fees of someone hired for a day, an hour, or even for a single chore.

It can further apply to rental of moveable items (such as chairs or tables) and many authorities hold that it even applies to building space rentals (such as hotel room rentals).

It should also be noted that bal tolin comes into effect with wages as little as one prutah. Some authorities hold that it applies to payment of less than one prutah.


1. Much of the information for this essay is taken from "Halachos of Other People's Money" by Rabbi Yisroel Pinchos Bodner.
2. This literally means, ‘do not delay’ and refers to the mitzvo not to delay payment. We will use this term throughout this series.
3. The details of the laws pertaining to a craftsman will be discussed in detail at a later point in the series.


 

Text Copyright © 2009 by Rabbi Yehonasan Gefen and Torah.org

Visit Rabbi Gefen's new blog at rabbiygefen.blogspot.com.

Rabbi Gefen's new book, The Guiding Light, is now available! To order, please contact Rabbi Gefen at Gefen123@smile.net.il or 00972 52 761 9935.


 






ARTICLES ON KI SEITZEI AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

No One Will Do it For You
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

The Torah Introduces The Concept of "Tough Love"
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5772

Of Men And Women
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

Looking for a Chavrusah?

...And It's All Small Stuff
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

There is a Treasure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Yehi Ratzon - Text and Instructions
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Those are the Questions?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

We're Not There Yet
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

A Party to the Problem
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

> Poor Beginning, Wealthy End
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5760

Love Out of Fear
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Rabbi Frand on Rosh HaShana
- 5769

ArtScroll

The Gift of Time
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Month of Elul: The Power of Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

Uniforms vs. Uniformity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5767

The Fast of Gedalya
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information