[Avodah] Buying minim from a child
Ben Waxman via Avodah
avodah at lists.aishdas.org
Fri Sep 25 00:32:36 PDT 2015
When I was in yeshiva, we were told to refrain from buying any of the
four minim from a child. If the product was stolen, a child can't take
possession via shinu reshut or ma'aseh. Therefore the theft falls on the
buyer and his minim are pasul.
Thinking about during my jog, I had a few questions:
1) Is this a real chashash or simply are we trying to cover all halachik
corners? Meaning, if I do buy from a child do I really have anything to
worry about? And if it isn't a real concern, then why am I not being
oveir on "chosheid b'kesheirim"?
2) If it is a real chashash (the presence of stolen minim in the market)
than why buy from an adult? Buying stolen goods is also a sin. At the
very least, one can only buy from a place with a heksher.
3) Or can one? Can we assume that the kashrut agencies really check were
their minim come from?
4) Who determines if there is a significant presence of stolen goods in
the market every year? I assume that the amount of stolen goods has to
be above a certain minimum for there to be a real issue?
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