BE BE THE THE
JUDGE! THREE iPHONE 5’S
Eli went out for lunch with his friend David in a local café in Israel. The two were discussing Eli’s upcoming vacation in Los Angeles, and David asked Eli to purchase for him the new iPhone 5 while he is in the States. Eli agreed, and David handed to Eli the full sum, in cash, for the purchase. Upon Eli’s arrival to the Apple store, and after inspecting the new gadget, he decided to purchase three phones: one for David, one for his own personal use, and one which he intended to sell in Israel for a profit. Eli carefully wrapped the three phones in bubble wrap and packed them in his suitcase. Upon his arrival in Israel, Eli opened his suitcase and discovered that his bag was tampered with. He inspected the contents of the bag and immediately detected that the bubble wrap was ripped and one of the phones were missing. Eli filed a complaint with the airport authorities, and while they were willing to conduct an investigation, they added that it was possible the phone had been stolen by a passenger as the suitcase was revolved around the carousel. Eli decided that it was David’s phone which had been stolen, and contacted David to inform him of the unfortunate turn of events. David responded that Eli had no right to determine that his was the phone which was stolen, since all three models were exactly the same. He suggested that they split the loss between the two of them, or that Eli should suffer two-thirds of the loss as two of the three phones were his.
HOW SHOULD THE BET DIN RULE – IN FAVOR OF ELI OR DAVID?
YOUandBE THE JUDGE send your response to YouJudge@CommunityM.com
Verdicts – and the accompanying rationale – will be reviewed by the Rosh Bet Din. The first three correct submissions received before the deadline will
win a $50 gift certificate
to a Community Magazine advertiser! Correct entries will receive honorable mention in the next issue when the Rosh Bet Din’s verdict is printed.
HESVAN 5774 OCTOBER 2013