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Can a person who promised to themselves (but did not yet "mail the check") to give charity to a specific Torah organization, not give the tzedakah if they learn the organization is using (at least some of the) donations to provide legal support for a person on trial for crimes that, if he's guilty of them, are also halachic violations?

Is the tzedakha considered a "vow" requiring the person to have to send the donation despite what they now know about the organization?

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Ask your LOR for case specific guidance. – Gershon Gold Aug 29 '13 at 13:30
user3142, let me extend a belated welcome to Mi Yodeya! Please consider editing your profile to give yourself a name. Also, please consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features. – Isaac Moses Aug 29 '13 at 13:51
Thank you Issac. I'll take your advice. – JJLL Aug 29 '13 at 14:19
@CharlesKoppelman, I think there's one question here that touches on all of those aspects. I don't see what the problem is. Given that this confluence of issues is plausibly a situation that comes up for people, I don't see the benefit of trying to force an asker to atomize it before it can be answered. – Isaac Moses Aug 29 '13 at 18:25
@IsaacMoses sure, but the OP might get cleaner answers by atomizing. – Charles Koppelman Aug 29 '13 at 18:51
up vote 1 down vote accepted

I appreciate everyone attempting to understand my question. Thankfully, when I asked my Rabbi a couple of weeks ago he understood the question perfectly. His response was that if I made a personal vow to donate before knowing what I know now about this organization, I still should send the donation but specify that the money not be used for the legal fund. (By the way, the rabbi stated that if I made the promise public I would also have to send the donation using the same stipulation.) Shana Tova.

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Shana Tova! Thank you for reporting back – Double AA Sep 10 '13 at 3:16
You are welcone Double AA – JJLL Sep 11 '13 at 0:42

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