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I'm looking to emphasize the reasons to support Israeli businesses. Would it be correct to add that it is a Mitzvah?

  • Can we assume that it is for general produce that is not under the issues of Sh'viit. – CashCow Jun 23 '15 at 9:32
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    Buying Israeli produce during the Shemitah year is a major shemitah concern. – Daniel Jun 23 '15 at 12:38
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    @CashCow it seems that the O.P. wants to know about the generality of supporting Israeli businesses. Within the answer, you can state "not if he sells shmitah produce" or whatever other halachic violations the owner may perform, if that applies. A related question might be what ownership means. Many "Israeli" companies have most of their business in the U.S. (I think Sabra foods is an example). When you buy something, how do you know if it's really "Israeli"? – DanF Jun 23 '15 at 13:50
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    @CashCow, I think you're missing the broader point of this question. Dov seems to want to know if it can be correctly stated that there is a Mitzvah to support Israeli businesses generally, assuming no other prohibitions come into play. I would think you might have the same objection if the business in question sold only cooked mixtures of meat and milk, or if it were a prostitution ring. – Seth J Jun 23 '15 at 15:49
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    +1 for the question for me. The answer may be 'no', but the question works. Dov, welcome to Mi Yodeya. – Seth J Jun 23 '15 at 15:50
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The reason that supporting Israeli businesses can be seen as a mitzva is that there is an overall mitzva to buy and sell preferably from Jews (when you have the choice) -- as mentioned by @hazoriz above. This is based on a verse in Vayikra to sell "to your fellow" which Rashi understands to mean your fellow Jew.

So if faced with the choice of buying from anyone or buying from Israel, it is more likely that buying from Israel will help you with the above mitzva. If the choice is between buying from a Jew abroad or from Israel, you can argue that when buying from Israel you help more Jews (i.e., those involved in the production, transformation, distribution of the items assuming they are manufacturing in Israel).

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