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News Item 337. Mishlei (Arbitration)

A new proverb was added to the Mishlei section on Tuesday August 15.

When individuals get into arguments about the ownership of property, they generally

turn to a judicial authority to resolve the conflict. However, there may not be

sufficient evidence to point to a clear solution. In such case the judge or Beis Din may

recommend a process of arbitration where both parties agree in advance to accept

the outcome. An example of an arbitration process involves a lottery or the casting of

a lot ( גוֹרָל ). Since the outcome of the lottery cannot be predicted in advance, the

two parties can more easily accept that it reflects the will of Hashem.