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The Sages (Avos 6:6) teach: ha'omer davar b'shem omro ("one who says something in the name of the person who originally said it"). We have learned that one who says something in the name of the one who originally said it brings geulah (redemption) to the world, as it is stated, "And Esther told the king in the name of Mordechai" (Esther 2:22).

it is not clear whether this applies also to something one heard from a non-Jew.

Anyone know a source whether one must also do this for something heard from a non-Jew?

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"whether one must"? Is there a source that says one must do this for something heard from a Jew? Did you perhaps mean to ask whether doing it for something heard from a non-Jew brings redemption? –  msh210 May 13 '13 at 7:20
    
Mordechai heard it from a non-Jew and Esther certainly passed on that part of the story. –  Double AA May 13 '13 at 7:24
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but the pirkei avos doesn't cite mordechais' telling as bringing redemption, only esther's. –  Danno May 13 '13 at 10:58

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