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A JEW BUYING NON-KOSHER PRODUCTS
September 2010
Rabbi Monique Susskind Goldberg

A Jew buying non-kosher products

 

QUESTION

 

Hello,

 

I very much enjoy your responses. I was wondering if a parent or a relative asks you to buy something non-kosher for them - is that OK?

 

Thanks,
Regina

 

ANSWER

 

Dear Regina,

There is a biblical principle in Leviticus 19:14 that says, you should not "put a stumbling-block before the blind." Besides its obvious meaning, the sages also interpret this sentence with the meaning that you should not by your actions provoke another person to fail, even morally.

 

By buying non-kosher food for another Jew, you are helping him/her to commit a transgression (eating non kosher food). This is why you should not do it. If it is for a non-Jewish person, I don't think there is an impediment for you to buy the food for him/her.

 

Shanah Tovah

Rabbi Monique Susskind Goldberg

September 2010

 
 
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