If a person sends out a group email to solicit funds to help needy families and inadvertently includes non-Jews on the email - Is it permitted to use the funds that the non-Jews donate towards helping needy Jewish families ?

I have read several articles on this subject but I am not clear in this case because:

  • There was no intent to solicit directly from non-Jews
  • The person is only an intermediary and the money goes to a third-party to distribute

I am not sure if the following makes a difference but:

  • The money was already accepted (darkei shalom)
  • the funds are not for a specific goal i.e. "give 10$ so we can buy a chicken for Yom Tov" rather the money is being collected and given to a Gabbai Tzdekah to distribute it as they see fit.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept of accepting Tzedakla from a non-Jew please see this Mi Yodea post for more information

  • Regarding darkei Shalom the goy will not be upset it you give his money to a poor goy
    – hazoriz
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 13:56
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    I'm missing something, here. Where or why is it forbidden to accept money from non-Jews?
    – DanF
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 14:57
  • @DanF Baba Batra 10
    – eramm
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 15:34
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    It would help your question if you gave a source behind taking tzedaka from a non Jew being usser
    – Dude
    Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 17:25
  • @Dude done. see judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/66089/…
    – eramm
    Commented Apr 19, 2016 at 9:48

3 Answers 3


There are Rabbi's that permit it but from the simple reading of the Shulchan Aruch it seems you should give it to poor non-Jews in such a case

Unless they have no other choice (they really need the money)

Unless no one knows that you got it from the non-Jew (so it is not public)

  • "There are Rabbi's that permit it" who?
    – mevaqesh
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 2:32
  • @mevaqesh the rabbis of the synagogues that accept it (as is seen in the news)
    – hazoriz
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 15:01
  • perhaps edit this into the answer e.g. "I know there are rabbis who permit it because I saw them on the news".
    – mevaqesh
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 15:12
  • @mevaqesh bechavod you can do that thank you
    – hazoriz
    Commented May 22, 2016 at 15:13

In Exodus 12:36 it reads

And יהוה had disposed the Egyptians favorably toward the people, and they let them have their request; thus they stripped the Egyptians.

SO, the answer is: Yes, it is accepted


Absolutely. Most non-Jews today are under the din of ger toshav(yes, even though there is no Yovel). See Rabbi Soloveitchik, Od Yisrael Yoseph Beni Chai, Siman 3

  • Is that in Israel or in all countries?
    – hazoriz
    Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 2:03

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