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Can I keep money that I found on Shabbat?

by Rabbi Simcha Bart


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I know that you're not supposed to carry money on Shabbat. But what if you are out walking and see $20 lying on the sidewalk? Can you pick it up? Or are you allowed to pick it up only if you give the money to charity?


The beauty of Torah is that it's directives apply under all circumstances (unless Torah itself tells you that it doesn't).

Could you imagine teaching a child not to steal, and he asked, "How about if it would make me really, really rich if I were to steal just this one time? Not only that, I would give a big percentage to charity!?"

Obviously, the answer would be that you are not allowed to steal anyway.

How about Kosher? If a non-Kosher food is really delicious - can I eat it?

The same here - since a person may not carry money on Shabbat, then it doesn't matter how much, or what he will do afterwards with the money.


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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Literally means "fit." Commonly used to describe foods which are permitted by Jewish dietary laws, but is also used to describe religious articles (such as a Torah scroll or Sukkah) which meet the requirements of Jewish law.