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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

236 - BURROWING AT INTEREST


Deuteronomy 23:20 -- “To a foreigner you may charge interest, but to your brother you shall not charge interest, that the LORD your God may bless you in all to which you set your hand in the land which you are entering to possess.”
Leviticus 19:13-14 -- 13You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the LORD.”

Jewish law recognizes two kinds of usury: (1) Fixed Increase ribbith ketzutzah, where interest in money is paid on a loan. This is forbidden by the Torah. Of interest under such an agreement has been paid by the debtor, it can be recovered. (2) The dust of increase avak ribith, where interest is paid in some indirect way, as where interest was not stipulated or mentioned when the loan was made, but was later paid gratuitously by the borrower, or where interest was paid by the borrower on the mere anticipation of a loan. This is forbidden by rabbinical law, and the interest is not recoverable.

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