If I create something with a certain purpose, and it's used for another purpose (good or bad), do I have a share in the mitzvot or averot people made with my creation? I'll give three examples to make my question more understandable:
- Let's say I create a company that produces cars. And these cars, for some reason, become popular among the reform, liberal and more secular Jewish communities. If they use this car on Shabbat, would I have any share with their Averah?
- What if my company creates kitchen knives, and in one occasion a band of criminals used my knives to kill a lot of innocent people. Would I be Halachically considered as being part of this crime?
- Now let's go to the other part of the spectrum. What if I create and sell a snack that's tasty and also very nutritious, with the purpose of making me rich. If my product is donated by multiple charities to poor people, and it ends up saving hundreds of lives, would I get a reward for saving these lives even though it wasn't my choice?