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Stolen Charity

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Topic: Charity, Stolen, Obligation to Replace

Rivka from Manchester, England wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

If money that had been put aside for charity is stolen, must one replace it?

Dear Rivka,

I spoke with Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch, shlita, and he said that although a Torah court would not force one to do so, the person has a moral obligation to replace the money.

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