A Time to Throw Stones

A Chavrusa of mine studied under Rabbi Hillel Zaks zatzal. He once told me of an interesting psak halacha of his.

It is widely accepted one may not purchase a “Toto/Winner” lottery ticket since this enables the Chillul Shabbos of the Israeli sports industry. Rabbi Zaks felt buying a “Mif’al Hapayis” ticket was even worse since the money helps build government schools for heresy (aside from not being correct Hishtadlus).

What if one already bought a lottery ticket? Is there a way to rectify the deed? Yes, answered Rabbi Zaks. Find a Mif’al Hapayis school, and smash a window (or windows, depending on the number of tickets purchased)!

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