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Hating Gifts

Chazal state Sonay Matana Yichiya (one who hates gifts will live) What is the message behind this chazal? Should one always turn down gifts or is this chazal referring to a specific situation.


Several ideas are present in this statement.

One idea is that a person should be reliant on Hashem, and not on people who sustain him with gifts.

Another idea is that a person should not receive gifts, because this will make him to some degree subservient to them. A way of gaining control over a person is to shower him with gifts.

We have discussed the halachic aspect of this matter at some length here:

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