Giving presents to a gentile-Part 1

Giving presents to a gentile:

A. May one give a present to a gentile?[1]

It is forbidden to give a free present to a gentile who one is not acquainted with.[2] This applies even if the gentile is not an idolater, such as a Muslim.[3] If, however, one is acquainted with the gentile, he may give him a free present, as certainly the gentile will repay him for the favor.[4] Regarding if one may give a gentile acquaintance a present in honor of his Holiday-See Halacha C!


B. Giving Charity to a gentile:

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C. May one give a present to a gentile in honor of his Holiday, such as chr–tmas and New Years?

Coming up soon!



[1] Michaber Y.D. 151:11; Avoda Zara 20

[2] Michaber ibid

The reason: As this brings closeness amongst the Jews and gentiles, and can cause him to learn from his ways. [Chinuch Mitzvah 426]

[3] Shach 151:18

Ger Toshev: It however does not apply to a Ger Toshev [Shach ibid], who are those gentiles that have accepted the seven Nohadite laws. [Chinuch 426]

[4] Taz 151:8

The reason: Being that the Gentile will repay him, it is thus not considered like a present at all, but rather like a sale. [ibid]

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