A leading Jerusalem rabbi has come out against accepting charitable donations from criminals. Rabbi Eliyahu Averjil, head of the Jerusalem rabbinic courts, published a Jewish legal ruling stating that donations should not be accepted from known criminals.
“It’s money gained by theft, not from regular citizens who worked hard… These are criminals who stole money from business owners for ‘protection’ or got their money from their own business running brothels or casinos. Money obtained through crime cannot be accepted under Jewish law,” he ruled. Torah scrolls purchased with the money must not be used, he added.