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AVODAH ZARAH 6
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AVODAH ZARAH 6 - Dedicated by Elliot and Lori Linzer in honor of the birthday of Gila Linzer.

SUMMARY

1. Three days prior to the religious holidays of the Nochrim (not counting the day of the holiday itself), one is forbidden to engage in commerce with the worshippers of Avodah Zarah.
 
2. Rebbi Yishmael maintains that three days prior to and after the religious holidays of the Nochrim one is forbidden to engage in commerce with the worshippers of Avodah Zarah.
 
3. One may not pass a cup of wine to a Nazir or give a limb of a live animal to a Ben Noach. It is a transgression of, "Do not put a stumbling block in front of the blind."
 
4. When one engages in commerce with worshippers of Avodah Zarah within three days of their religious holidays, benefit from the profit of the transaction is forbidden, according to Rebbi Yochanan. Reish Lakish disagrees.
 
5. The prohibition to engage in commerce with the worshippers of Avodah Zarah three days prior to their religious holidays applies only to something that will last until the holiday.
 
6. One may not borrow or lend to the worshippers of Avodah Zarah three days prior to their religious holidays.
 
7. According to the Tana Kama, one may not repay a loan, or accept the repayment of a loan, from the worshippers of Avodah Zarah three days prior to their religious holidays.
 
8. Rebbi Yehudah maintains that one is permitted to accept repayment of a loan prior to their religious holidays, because the Nochri is unhappy about the repayment.
 
9. A woman may not apply foundation to her face on Chol ha'Mo'ed, because until it is removed it makes her look bad.
 
10. Rebbi Yehoshua ben Korchah maintains that a written loan may not be collected from worshippers of Avodah Zarah three days prior to their religious holidays, but an oral loan may be collected.

A BIT MORE

1. On the holiday itself it is also forbidden.
 
2. The Chachamim differ with Rebbi Yishmael. They maintain that it is only forbidden three days prior to the holidays. After the holidays, one is permitted to engage in commerce with them.
 
3. However, it is only a transgression of "Lifnei Iver" if the recipient could not have attained it had it not been passed to him (for example, it was on the other side of a river).
 
4. Reish Lakish agrees that when one engaged in commerce on the holiday itself, the profit is forbidden.
 
5. Rebbi Oshiya maintains that something which will not last until the holiday may be sold to the worshippers of Avodah Zarah, but it may not be bought from them.
 
6. According to Abaye, the prohibition against borrowing is a Gezeirah because of the prohibition against lending. Rava says that the prohibition against borrowing is because of the concern that the Nochri will thank his Avodah Zarah that a Yisrael needs him.
 
7. According to Abaye, the prohibition against accepting repayment of a loan is a Gezeirah because of the prohibition against repaying a loan. Rava says that the prohibition against accepting repayment of a loan is because of the concern that the Nochri will thank his Avodah Zarah.
 
8. The Chachamim disagree, because even though he is unhappy at the time of repayment, he will rejoice later that the loan has been repaid.
 
9. According to Rebbi Yehudah, if it will be removed before the end of Chol ha'Mo'ed it may be applied on Chol ha'Mo'ed because she benefits from it during the Mo'ed.
 
10. By collecting an oral loan, the Jew's money is being saved from the Nochri. According to the Tana of the Mishnah, even an oral loan may not be collected from a Nochri.

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