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date: 26 October 2020

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Do the practices of electronic commerce in general and online sales transactions, in particular, have halakhic validity, and, if so, how exactly do they derive their legal halakhic validity? This article attempts to answer the above questions based on critical scrutiny of the writings of contemporary halakhic scholars who have addressed this issue. These questions are examined in view of the principles pertaining to modes of acquisition in Jewish law and in light of two other legal regimes—Israeli law and American law. The validity of online sales transactions according to Jewish law depends largely on local custom and civil law, are explained in details as this article proceeds. This article presents a comparative study of the similarities and differences between Jewish law and other legal systems, as they relate to e-commerce. This article very carefully demonstrates various transactions and components related to Jewish law which winds up this article.

Keywords: electronic commerce, halkhaic, Jewish law, Israeli law, American law

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