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why is it a chillul Hashem? i’m not saying it is or isn’t, just trying to understand why it would be – if the gov’t has a program to help people who are not earning a certain amount of money? (And the kollel guy is not lying about any info. in order to receive the stamps!) Would it also be wrong if a genius used food stamps while studying intensively to discover a cure that would save hundreds of lives? If you say that food stamps should not be used in such a case and it’s better that the guy get a job as an accountant, then fine. But if not, doesn’t the world exist because of limud Torah, so in fact the guy in kollel is saving our life. on the other hand, long-term Kollel for most people is not practical nor advisable, but taking food stamps while one is learning, why isn’t that okay?