Gambling and Halakha
Web-enhanced lesson based on Sanhedrin 24b. Students learn about the social costs of gambling, study a Talmudic text and summarize what they have learned in a two-page essay.
You are a journalist for your local Jewish newspaper. A few days ago, a gambler killed himself and his family after mounting gambling losses. Your editor is concerned that in the ensuing public discussion on gambling, the Jewish perspective will be ignored. He feels that the Jewish community does not fully understand the Halakhic approach to gambling and has asked his reporters to write articles explaining Judaism’s position.