JERUSALEM (VINnews) — A number of yeshiva students from a well known yeshiva in Bnei Brak were canvassing passersby for donations to the yeshiva fund which supports bridegrooms and provides them with accessories for their wedding, as is customary before Purim.
The students went round from house to house and also stood at major junctions. At around midnight, they arrived at a gas station on Israel’s road 6 which traverses the length of the country. They met there with Mansour Abbas, the leader of the Ra’am party which has split with the Joint Arab List and has expressed willingness to work even with a right-wing government. The students told Abbas, a popular member of the Knesset, that they were returning from fundraising for bridegrooms who require basic needs for their weddings and asked him for a donation. Abbas said: “Whatever I have in my pocket I will give” and produced 200 NIS for the students.
It should be noted that it is not permitted to receive money from gentiles who give charity for religious reasons, but if they give charity out of concern for others and not as a religious imperative it would be permitted to receive donations from them.