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I occasionally check eBay for assorted items; this is typically for the science half of my life, but I sometimes find Judaica which probably should not be sold there. For example, I know that in the case of a sefer torah, there is an obligation to purchase, rather than letting it go to a non-Jew. Does this always apply and furthermore, does it apply to purchasing other sta"m (holy scribe-written) products?

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    How do "[you] know that in the case of a sefer torah, there is an obligation to purchase, rather than letting it go to a nochri"? – Double AA Apr 2 '14 at 14:54
  • @DoubleAA, I read an article some time ago about a Jekkish sefer which was being auctioned on a shabbat, and the author was given express permission by his rav to bid in advance or purchase after shabbat, so as not to let the torah go to goyim; I do not recall where this was, I believe it was a safrus blog. The Torah, it turns out was pasul to begin with and would have needed several thousand US$ worth of repairs for leyning. – Noach MiFrankfurt Apr 2 '14 at 18:38
  • How do you prove from there that there is an obligation? Perhaps it is just a Mitzva. IAE you should always cite your claims as much as you can in the question body. – Double AA Apr 2 '14 at 18:39
  • My attempts to dig up a single page about sta"m in a history filled with such entries. – Noach MiFrankfurt Apr 3 '14 at 2:21

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