Ethics in Philanthropy: Should Synagogues and Mosdot Chinuch Accept Tainted Funds?

By Kenneth Brander

KTAV Publishing House, Inc., Yeshiva University Press, October 2009

Within the framework of halacha, the author evaluates whether it is permissible for a synagogue or educational institution to accept funds that may have been acquired by the donor through improper means. He examines how Jewish law deals with the ethical challenges of accepting gifts from individuals involved in illegal activities, whether tainted money is inappropriate to accept, if the motivations of the donor are relevant, and to what extent anonymity makes a difference. He argues that while a donorâ??s scruples are bound to the halacha, there may halachic leniency for institutions.

Topic: Halakha, Morality, Tzedakah (Charity), Jewish Law, Charitable Giving, Ethics, Crime, Values, Synagogues and Congregations, Jewish Thought

Name of Publication: Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy

Editor: Hirt, Robert S. , Prager, Yossi

Page Number(s): 291-306

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISBN 978-1-60280-137-0

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Brander, Kenneth. Ethics in Philanthropy: Should Synagogues and Mosdot Chinuch Accept Tainted Funds?. Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy. KTAV Publishing House, Inc.,Yeshiva University Press. October 2009: 291-306. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8856


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