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Money Matters - Gambling?
Submitted by Chayim  Answered by Rav Yehonoson Hool

There is a difference of opinion as to whether gambling is permitted or forbidden in Halacha.

The Shulchan Aruch rules that it is a form of stealing and is forbidden. Sefardim, who follow the rulings of the Shulchan Aruch, may therefore not gamble even occasionally, and this includes even buying a lottery ticket. Buying a raffle ticket however, would seem to be permitted even according to this opinion. When one buys a lottery ticket, one is placing money simply to earn the chance of receiving more. Buying a raffle ticket is different, though; you are actually donating money to a worthy cause, with a side benefit being the possibility of winning a prize as well, and this may well be permitted.

The Remoh, however, disagrees with the Shulchan Aruch, and permits gambling, even on a regular basis. One who has no regular source of income other than from his gambling, however, is considered to be not a member of a civil society, and is Possul Le'eydus – invalid to serve as a witness in Halachah.
It is worth noting, however, that the Remoh himself in at least one place (O. C. 322) does not object to the ruling of the Shulchan Aruch who forbids gambling (see Mishnah Berurah, Shaar Tiyon 322:20).
Further, one should note the words of the Rambam, who writes that in this context that it is not fitting for a person to spend his days in practices other than the gaining of wisdom, necessary business affairs and other such matters of societal importance.

Note too, the words of the Rivash who refers to gambling as a "disgusting, repulsive and sordid practice that has caused many casualties," and the Talmud Yerushalmi rules that we should make no effort to annul the vow of one who vowed never to gamble again!

posted:2009-06-17 18:46:26  (0) comments   email to a friend

Money Matters - item on an auction site labeled "Not For Resale"
Submitted by Rachel  Answered by Rav Yehonoson Hool

The companies that distribute to stores full-size bottles of perfume with the word "Tester" printed on it intend that they be used by individual customers, one "spray" each. They do not intend that the store owner, or anybody else, take the whole bottle and sell it. Anyone who does so, then, is a thief.

However, it is possible that the distributors find themselves with an excess of such bottles and, seeing as they can't sell them for the full price due to the word "Tester," sell them off at a reduction.
You need to make inquiries as to whether there is such a legal market.

If, however, all, or even most of such "Tester" bottles are not intended to be sold as a single unit, you may not purchase them from anyone. This is for two reasons: Firstly, depending on the circumstances, you may actually be considered a party to the actual thieving. And secondly, by buying from a thief you are aiding and abetting him, and as a result you are encouraging him to steal again. If he could not sell the goods, he wouldn't steal them. In the words of the Gemora, "It's not the mouse that steals, it's the [mouse]hole."

posted:2009-02-04 00:06:27  (0) comments   email to a friend

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