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Bet Midrash: Maharit Algazi: No Taxes Print E-mail

ResponsaThe 20th of Adar is the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi - the Maharit Algazi, author of popular commentary on Hilchot Bechorot v’Chala by the Ramban, and Kedushat Yom Tov, and Simchat Yom Tov. He died on February 22, 1802.


Question: A man who won the Sultan’s favor by working day and night to support his troops while they were in battle, and making sure that they would have food and all the necessary supplies, was asked by the Sultan what he wanted as his reward, and he requested that he not have to pay any taxes, but he did not mention the taxes collected by the Jewish community for their institutions. The Sultan granted him an exclusion from all taxes.

This man now wants to move to a Jewish community in Israel and refuses to pay any communal taxes, insisting that he is free because of the Sultan’s gift. May we force him to pay the Jewish communal tax or not? (A very abridged version of the story and the Halachic and political reasoning of the questioner in Simchat Yom Tov)

Bli neder, I will post the response, but I first would like to know how you would rule!

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