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If someone does a mitsva like writing a sefer or providing a building for Jewish activities like a shul or school. Should he put his name on it and have it called after him? I am not referring to giving charity to poor people because that is better done in private but to giving a building. Even though some hold it may deduct from the mitsva, on the other hand because of his generosity it causes others to do the same, which when they do, he has a share in their mitsva since they do it through his instigation and the community profits more by it.

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There is no prohibition in making a donation in one's own name. However there is a greater degree of perfection in the one who chooses to do so anonymously (H. Matnoth Aniyim 10:8). – Deuteronomy May 30 '13 at 20:56
Rabbi Yosef Mizrahi Shalit"a says if one is going to donate he shouldn't have his name on it as it deduces from his reward in Olam Haba. – Hacham Gabriel May 30 '13 at 22:51
@HachamGabriel: Intriguing. (Did you mean "deduces", or did you mean "deducts"?) – unforgettableid May 30 '13 at 22:54
@unforgettableid I was never good with English... – Hacham Gabriel May 30 '13 at 23:02
expern: I haven't upvoted your question yet. It still needs copyediting. 1. I wonder if you could please edit your question so that it includes a question mark? 2. I wonder if you could please edit the title so that it forms a valid question ending in a question mark? Thank you! – unforgettableid May 30 '13 at 23:03

The major advantage of attaching your name to something is that if your name is attached to it, the community can't exchange it for a new one so long as the writing/engraving of your name is still present (pseudo-Rama YD 259:3). This is a good thing to want as it maximizes the benefit you get as the donor. On the other hand, attaching your name as a way of boasting about your wealth in public is obviously not a good thing. One should CYLOR about each case. (Something to consider is attaching some other name to the object, so that it can't be replaced but you don't have to fear feeling boastful, though CYLOR about this too.)

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My question wasnt only about 'wealth' where what you say applies. It was also about other mitsvot like writing a sefer. For instance the Mishne berura didnt call it by his name whereas the Chazon Ish did. Although in their earliest seforim they never wrote who the mechaber was but remained anonymous. – expern May 31 '13 at 9:20

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