A Guest Post By E. Fink
The following 2 ads are running on a constant basis over at VIN. The top ad is to raise money for the teens imprisoned in Japan for smuggling thousands of dollars of ecstasy. The bottom ad is a flash ad for Spinka with 2 lines of text (I have included both). Now that they are no longer laundering money, Spinka needs money too.
Both of these ads are asking for your money to help support Jewish "frum" criminals.
Pidyon Shvuyim is clearly a halachic requirement. It is not so clear what the halacha is when the captive is a victim of his or her own crime.
Tzedaka is a clearly a mitzva. It is not clear if it is a mitzva to save a Chasidic dynasty that got itself in trouble with the law by laundering millions of dollars.
And these ads are just a tad more offensive than the Christmas ads on this blog ;)
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