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Returning Questionable Objects
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Returning Questionable Objects

Should I return a trashy magazine to its rightful owner?


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Visitor Comments: 34

(27) Mati, October 23, 2013 6:52 PM

I had a trashy magazine sent to me constantly from "Jews 4 J"

"Jews 4 J" kept for months sending me their trashy literature. I tried to get them to stop and they refused. I filed a complaint at the post office who at first refused to take it because it, to them, was not obscene material. I forced them to take my complaint and address the issue "up in ranks." Jews4J stopped after I forced the complaint to be accepted in the PO.

(26) Anonymous, October 20, 2013 4:33 PM


For a long period of time, I used to receive mails that did not belong in my house. I don't think the mails were trashy, but independently of what kind of mails they were, they arrived in my house, which was not their right destination. My nice self would then take those mails to the rightful owner, or send it with my children to the right address. Somethimes, I would drive blocks away from my house to deliver the wrongly delivered mail, to its appropriate address, to people I did not know. However, one day I was in a less than happy mood and decided to stop at the post office in my area, to address the issue. The postmaster said they would correct the problem as they have just had a new delivery person on board, (in my case the situation was not simply a "just had", but a long continuing situation with wrongly delivered mail to my house). After addressing the issue with the Post Office, the situation stopped temporarily, but then months later started again. I repeated my actions of the first time by stoping at the post office but, with a firmer determination. From that time on, I had not received any more wrongly delivered mail for the past three years, thank G-d. Thank you Rabbi Salomon for the interesting articles, they always make me think about it and make me look at it from a deeper level. Thanks again.

(25) Yosef Stern, October 18, 2013 4:49 AM

Torah dictates our lives, not freedom of speech or press

I would throw the magazine in the garbage and put the money in an evelope which I would deposit into his mailbox. The Torah tells us not to place a stumbling box infront of someone. If you return this trashy magazine to his mailbox, you have caused your neighbor to transgress לא תתרו... P.S. Bear in mind if the neighbor would be a non-Jew who receives this trashy magazine and it ended up in my mailbox, I would return it right away. Because a non-Jew Isn't my brother.

Anonymous, October 23, 2013 6:39 PM

How is the "trashy magazine" a stumbling box?

Just because you have a different opinion of the magazine than the person who subscribes to it, who are you to day that you know better? Perhaps there is a valid reason why he has subscribed (perhaps it is evena one time subscription), you cannot judge the peson as to what is healthy or not. The great rabbi was correct. Rather than making it appear that you approve, you have avoided that problem by letting someone else deliver it.

(24) Manasseh, October 17, 2013 9:54 PM

RTS/Wrong address

I would send it back RTS/Wrng address Unless it is ilegal material or dangerous material, that then would be for the proper authorities

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