Getting Paid on Time

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Parshat Ki Tetze emphasizes the mitzvot of treating others with respect and looking out for those who may be less fortunate.

In Devarim Chapter 20 sentence 14 we read: "You shall not cheat a poor or destitute hired person among your brethren, or a convert who is in your land or one who is in your cities. On that day shall you pay his hire; the sun shall not set upon him, for he is poor and his life depends on it; let him not call out against you to Hashem, for it shall be a sin in you".

Vaikra 19:13 already dealt with a similar theme: "You shall not cheat your fellow and you shall not rob; you shall not withhold a worker's wage with you until morning".

The pasuk in Vayikra deals with not withholding wages in general (and does not specify the rich or poor) and the psukim in Devarim specify that the wages of those who are less fortunate certainly should not be withheld.

The idea here is that just because a person may be more vulnerable doesn't mean that they should be taken advantage of.

In Israel today, many people live from paycheck to paycheck. If they are not paid on time then they will not be able to cover their bills. The law in Israel states that every worker must be paid by the tenth of the month. There is no differentiation between the rich and the poor.

Unfortunately, there are people in positions of power who try to take advantage of others. It is up to us to stand up for those who are more vulnerable and ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity.