People often give charity in multiples of 18.

What is the earliest record of such donations?

  • Similar to judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/40298/source-for-times-chai. My question is asking for earliest record more than for a source... I know the 'chai' significance.. – chortkov2 Jun 6 '19 at 12:59
  • I don’t understand how this is different from the linked question, which asks for “the source for giving charity of the numeric value of the Hebrew word chai (18) and its multiples.” – DonielF Jun 6 '19 at 13:01
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    Charity atones for sinning, so maybe that's why people give away in units of חטא, like ridding oneself of the sins. – Double AA Jun 6 '19 at 13:57
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    On a lighter note, the story goes about a Satmar chassid, who gave the Rebbe a donation of $47. When asked about the unusual figure, he answered that it corresponded to the gematria of יוא"ל, which was the rebbes name.The rebbe answered, tongue in cheek, "In the "heim" they called me יואלי"ש!" (gematria 357!) – IsraelReader Jun 6 '19 at 17:43
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    @IsraelReader I met a collector once who calmy said: "I don't want Chai, I want Mes." – David Kenner Jun 6 '19 at 22:41

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