Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nasty Neighbors? Lesson 4:

Ever heard a nasty neighbor story? There is now a website – - dedicated to exposing nasty neighbors and lauding good ones. It describes itself as, “the first real estate search engine of its kind, helping you find troublesome neighbors before you sign the paperwork on your new house, condo or apartment.” The site includes detailed maps, outlining each neighborhood house by house. Users can highlight individual houses, label the “good neighbors” in green, or the “rotten neighbors” in red, and they can also elaborate on their tales of misery.

For while the law is limited in the kinds of behavior it can prohibit, it seems that there is no end to the number of ways that neighbors can make each other miserable. Common courtesy, it seems, is not always very common.

Jewish law has some unique mechanisms, however, to enforce neighborly relations and ethical conduct. We’ll take a fascinating look at how the courts deal approach “mentchlichkeit” this week in Lesson Four of You Be the Judge.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Chabad Torah Centre next Tuesday, 7:30pm.

1 comment:

  1. Where is the answer to the townsfolk who had the idiotic neighbour and filed against him and then he counterfiled ?
    I was hoping that the neighbours would form a vigilante group, draw straws and one guy kills the sicko neighbour. Then nobody ever confesses nor does the group ever talk about it.