Interloping Behavior in the Marketplace in Jewish Law

Howard Jachter

in The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398625
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Interloping Behavior in the Marketplace in Jewish Law


Jewish law demands ethical competition in the marketplace. A pillar of Jewish Law in this regard is the Talmud's teaching that “One who intrudes on an impoverished person chasing a crust of bread is regarded as a wicked person.” This article focuses on the interpoling nature of Jewish laws. This article further explains various issues as discussed in the various Jewish texts especially the Talmud. The financial means of the various parties are discussed in detail. Experts on Judaism and Jewish texts are frequently quoted throughout this article. The Talmud phrases the prohibition in terms of “a poor man” pursuing an item. Accordingly, Rema limits the prohibition to interfering with a poor man's attempt to acquire an item. This is followed by a discussion on the seller's perspective and also his preference. This article also explains cases of interpoling behavior through the compounding case of Ani ha-mehapekh. A discussion on Rabbinic rulings concludes this article.

Keywords: interloping behavior; Jewish law; Talmud; Judaism Rabbinic rulings

Article.  6364 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Industry Studies

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