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24 Adar II 5763

"Do not hate your brother..."


Rabbi Jonathan Blass

Question:
Is there an obligation to treat people equally? Can a school give a discount to one person (not based on financial need) for no reason and charge full price for another person? What about a store owner, can he charge one person x for an item that is a non essential commodity and another person x + 10 for the exact same non essential commodity? (Where there were no extra effort or expenses the owner needed to recoup)
Thank you


Answer:
There is an obligation on the court system and, by extension, on all public bodies not to discriminate between one person and another. A private individual or a private business is permitted, however, to provide friends, neighbors or relatives with products and services at a discount. Discriminating AGAINST a particular group or individual could involve violations of the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself and of the prohibition do not hate your brother in your heart.


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