The Yalkut Yosef 246:55 says:

וכן אסור למכור לגוי ספרי קודש, כמו תנ''ך וכדומה

Besikum: you can't sell holy books to gentiles.

What about online sales? Must you ask the buyer via email if he is Jewish?


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    Does sifre kodesh mean sifre tora, mezuzot, etc. or printed books like chumashim, mishneh tora, igrot Moshe, etc.? – Baal Shemot Tovot Apr 15 '12 at 15:29
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    What's with the 'cylor' thing? – Yaakov Kuperman Apr 15 '12 at 15:56
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    Contact your local orthodox rabbi – Hacham Gabriel Apr 15 '12 at 16:34
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    @YaakovKuperman, some people here feel it is necessary to indicate with each question that, of course, for halachic decisions you consult your rabbis. Others take that as given. – Monica Cellio Apr 15 '12 at 16:52
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    Awesome. Somehow I feel that people who would take crowd sourced halakhic opinions aren't going to be deterred by an acronym though. :) – Yaakov Kuperman Apr 15 '12 at 17:09

We have an online ספרי קודש Store called The Jewish Bookshelf, and we received a payment from a Professor from Egypt that bought a number of religious books. We wasn't sure but the name wasn't Avraham/Ytshak/Yaakov/David... It wasn't a very jewish name.

We asked Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Hacohen Aviner, and he ruled not to sell him the books, so we refund him and said we cant send books to Egypt...

Hope it helps... Nissim.

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  • Watch out! You could get sued for this answer :) – Shmuel Brin Aug 25 '14 at 18:11
  • I prefer it over doing Averot :) Thats the Halacha, and it is not determined by popularity... – Nissim Yarchi Aug 25 '14 at 19:00

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