Question:

Is it permitted for a Jew to receive “food stamps” money and/or disability money from the US government, with regard to receiving charity from a non-Jew?’
What if the recipient is a Jewish ‘King’ or ‘Officer’?

 

Answer:

 

It is permitted to receive money from a government and it is not considered receiving tzedakah from a gentile, because the money is coming from the taxes that both Jews and non Jews paid. Secondly, the issue of taking tzedakah from a non Jew is if he is giving it for Jews, but here the government is giving to everyone equally.

I don’t understand why there should be a difference if the recipient is an officer or not.

Sources:

 

Tzedakah Umishpat chap. 1 ftnt. 68.

Tags: charity. Tzeddaka government programs

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