Friday, March 20, 2009

Lesson 6: The Arm Twister

Dear JLI Student,

Are there favors that you are not willing to repay? Do you feel you should be obligated when someone does you a kindness that you never asked for?

If you wake up after a snowstorm to find that the children next door have shoveled your walk, should you pay them for their initiative? If they save you the money of hiring some other neighborhood kid, that would seem to be the fair thing to do. But if you have already paid a snow removal service, they have not really done you a favor, and you may feel very differently about being forced to pay them.

In Lesson Six, we will look at different kinds of unsolicited favors and services and see which ones obligate the recipients and which do not. Looking forward to seeing you at the Chabad Torah Centre on Tuesday evening, 7:30pm.

Sincerely,
Rabbi Shmuly Altein

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