I’ve been told that there are quite a few ins and outs regarding the halachos of gambling. Most of them, though, deal with dice games. In Tractate Sanhedrin, dice gamers are called kubiustos and it is said that they are afraid of daylight. I always feel like shit after a night of gambling and don’t want to face the daylight, either, but they were probably referring to something more kabalistic when they said that. There are all these references to doing things with your left hand in these discourses. Why is it that everything fun and forbidden has to do with your left hand? I can’t say I’ve ever actually seen anyone masturbate in an Indian casino.
You can’t gamble against somebody and take their money (lest your opponent be a Jew), but you can participate in a lottery. Don’t buy too many tickets, though: if Hashem deemed that you should have that kind of money on Rosh Hashanah, then it’ll only take one set of numbers to score the divine jackpot. There are a number of leniencies available, obviously, or we wouldn’t be able to rob our rabbis’ children of their hard-won chocolate eight nights of the year. Or more.
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