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Chazal say, "Gadol hame’aseh yosair min ha’oseh," "the one causing others to give tzedakah is greater than the person giving the tzedakah" (Bava Basra 9a).

The Shulchan Oruch YD 249 (5) brings this down as Halocho “If a person can persuade other people to give, his reward is greater than that of the giver”.

Why is this codified as halocho (law) – it sounds more like mussar (ethical teaching)?

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