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“Would anything that affects many people be considered a communal endeavor?” asked Mr. Elman.

“Not always,” added Rabbi Dayan. “For example, if homeowners needed to hire an advocate to lobby against real estate taxes, those who are not homeowners would not need to share in this expense, since this in not per se a communal issue.” (See Rosh, Responsa 6:9, cited in Rama 163:6; Emek Hamishpat, Hilchos Shecheinim, #44).

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