Community Obligations

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Who is obligated to contribute?

  1. Anything needed for protecting of the city is provided by all residents except Torah scholars be cause their Torah protects. However, if the city needs a communal resource fixed then even Torah scholars are obligated to contribute. Nevertheless, the Torah scholars should not perform menial labor in front of the public eye. [1]
  2. A Torah scholar who disgraces mitzvot and lacks fear of Hashem is considered one of the lowly members of the congregation. [2]

Obligation to Build a Shul

  1. See Respect_for_a_Shul#Building_a_Shul

Sources

  1. Gemara Kiddushin 70a, Rambam Sanhedrin 25:4, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat 8:4
  2. Shulchan Aruch YD 243:3