Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mitzvah #89- Taking collateral by force

One may not take collateral by force. One should not take collateral without permission from a Bet Din.

Even Bet Din's messenger may not enter the debtor's home; he must wait outside and the collateral shall be brought to him.

A cosigner may take collateral from a defaulted debtor by force, and may even enter the debtor's home to do so.

Similarly, a worker who has not been paid can get permission from Bet Din to enter the employer's home and take collateral by force.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: "Do not enter his house to take collateral" (Devarim 25:10)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 59

- Danny
Sunday, 23 Shvat 5770

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