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The Chasam Sofer says it is not rosh chodesh anywhere until the chodesh has been niskadesh in Eretz Yisrael, which should make it impossible to say hallel during shacharis on rosh chodesh in Australia — but it's not. Thus the implication is that halachically (relative to global mitzva observance) we consider the world to be flat (or at least ...


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There are two issues here Are expenses of a tsedaka collector/organization considered part of your ma'aser? (your question) Is the price of the raffle ticket/dinner considered part of your ma'aser? (not directly your question but you speak of buying a raffle ticket so quite relevant) On the first one, poskim ask if a tsedaka collector is allowed to take ...


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There are Rabbi's that permit it but from the simple reading of the Shulchan Aruch it seems you should give it to poor non-Jews in such a case Unless they have no other choice (they really need the money) Unless no one knows that you got it from the non-Jew (so it is not public)



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