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Shevet HaKehosi: Two Jews, Three Shuls and Two Bulding Campaigns

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Shevet HaKehosi: Two Jews, Three Shuls and Two Bulding Campaigns
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If after members of a Shul pledge money to the Shul building campaign there is a rift in the Shul and some members leave to start their own Shul, they are not obligated to pay the remainder of their commitment to the old Shul. So paskens the Shevet HaKehosi (4:51). He reasons that there is an "Umdina" that the whole basis for their pledge was that they daven there and therefore they never pledged on the basis that they might leave.

He distinguishes this case from a Tshuvas Mabit (2:60) that says if someone buys an Aliya or another Mitzva in the Shul and then leaves, he is still obligated to pay any money still outstanding from his purchase. In that case the money was already allocated for tzedoka and was in no way linked to the persons continued membership in the Shul. Additionally he already received his benefit from his purchase.

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