Mishnah, Baba Kama 10:1
משנה מסכת בבא קמא י
אין פורטין לא מתיבת המוכסין ולא מכיס של גבאין ואין נוטלין מהם צדקה אבל נוטל הוא מתוך ביתו או מן השוק:
One may not make change from either the tax gatherer's box or the wallet of the [tax] collector. Nor do we accept charity from them. But one may receive charity from one's private wealth -- both what one has in their home, and what one carries with oneself. [Translation by the World Council for Torah Education. Edited for gender neutrality and accessibility]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. The classical commentators explain the prohibitions in this Mishna as deriving from the assertion that the taxes collected by the Roman government are stolen property, since they are not fairly assessed. What do you think about this indictment of a massive social entity as stealing? What does this say about the legitimacy of other social institutions?

2. The permission in the second half of the Mishna for receiving charity from the tax-collector himself seems to assert that his salary is not to be considered stolen property, even though he is paid by the taxes, which themselves are stolen. What do you think of this difference?

3. What might this distinction imply about the moral standing of employees of large, illegitimate corporations or governments?

Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)