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If you have a chance, listen to this fantastic lecture (mp3) by Rabbi Michael Broyde. He discusses, for instance, a lawyer who does very boring, standard real-estate contracts, but his employer is a "men's entertainment company." Inherently it's basically permissible; in most circumstances, it's questionable to what degree you're really facilitating ...


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There are discussions of whether it's permitted to walk into a casino and gamble, but the Gemara makes it clear (Sanhedrin 24b) that a person whose only job is getting people's money via gambling is "not among those who help civilize this world", and is disqualified from being a witness! So 1--3 would all be clearly prohibited. Regarding the pork abattoir, ...


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As has been discussed previously: The Gemara in Sanhedrin asks why "dice gamblers" are invalidated from being witnesses. One explanation is that when people gamble they're not entirely cognizant of the likelihood they'll walk away with a loss, so it's ill-gotten gains. The other explanation is that it applies only to those who are professional gamblers, "as ...


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Cards are not specifically mentioned in Gemara as far as I'm aware but there is a mention of players of dice games, in Sh'vuot, where it says that such people are not acceptable as witnesses (to claim money owed to them or admit to a partial debt in court when the disagree on the full amount). And it means they play dice for money (e.g. craps or whatever ...


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There are 2 possible reasons given for the prohibition of gambling (both of which you mentioned in your question): a poor livelihood choice (yoshvei kranot) and theft due to a lack of a true legal contract / intention to give up the funds on the part of the loser (asmachta; i.e. everyone gambles because they think they will win and don't really have in mind ...



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