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  2/19/2013, Adar 9, 5773

Rabbi Navon: Only Rampant Tax Evasion may be Reported


Rabbi of HaShimshoni Community in Modi’in Haim Navon is of the opinion that it is permissible to report cases of excessive tax evasion to prevent theft of the public. “Minor tax evasion should not be disclosed, to prevent unnecessary divisive suspicion among friends.”

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Safed ruled earlier that disclosure of any tax evasion is strongly castigated by the Prophet in the Name of G-d. “The Authorities should enforce the law”, says the Rabbi, but encouraging tax evasion disclosure threatens to ruin society. Strife among Jews destroyed the second Temple and cast them from their Land into the Diaspora.