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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 Apr 18 '16 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 Apr 18 '16 at 14:57
  • @DanF Baba Batra 10 – eramm Apr 18 '16 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 Apr 18 '16 at 17:25
  • @Dude done. see judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/66089/… – eramm Apr 19 '16 at 9:48
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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 May 20 '16 at 2:32
  • @mevaqesh the rabbis of the synagogues that accept it (as is seen in the news) – hazoriz May 22 '16 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 May 22 '16 at 15:12
  • @mevaqesh bechavod you can do that thank you – hazoriz May 22 '16 at 15:13
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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 Jul 8 '16 at 2:03

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