In the ever-changing world of business, it has become increasingly common for business people to fund business projects while using funds from an investor. Often, this means that the capital available to them comes at a much higher rate than they would be paying to any lending institution.
Many people are under the impression that because they signed a heter iska, it is permissible to give or take any amount of interest. In reality, there are many instances in which a heter iska would not permit a particular transaction and the issur de’oraysa of ribbis may be transgressed. Lack of knowledge regarding this is important point what prompted rabbonim and askanim to bring awareness of this to the tzibbur.
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