I have recently been hit with some financial issues, so I have to tighten my wallet.

Who takes priority in the giving of Tzedakah?


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Relatives have priority over strangers in receiving charity. The poor of one's own community have priority over others. And the poor of Eretz Yisrael have priority over everybody else. [Shulḥan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 251:3]

And in most cases women have priority over men in receiving charity. [Shulḥan Arukh, Yoreh Deah 251:8]

  • Where does it say women have priority?
    – shmosel
    Mar 12 at 23:29
  • @shmosel -- I am sure I read that somewhere but I can't find it. I'll keep looking. At any rate, it's not in the reference I gave, so I deleted it for now. Mar 12 at 23:40
  • @shmosel -- I found one source, but not the one I remember. "In most instances, one should prioritize to provide tzedakah to a needy woman ahead of a man." in yeshiva.co/midrash/6499 Mar 12 at 23:51
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    איש ואשה שבאו לשאול מזון -- מקדימין אשה לאיש. וכן אם באו לשאול כסות. וכן אם באו יתום ויתומה לינשא -- מקדימין להשיא היתומה. YD 251:8
    – sam
    Mar 12 at 23:56
  • @shmosel -- Another source: "If a man and a woman come to ask for food, we first provide for the woman before the man. The same priority applies if they come to ask for clothing. If a male orphan and a female orphan need funds for weddings, we are obligated to first marry off the female orphan." and "We redeem women before men." in ezrastorah.org/tzedaka_archives.php Mar 12 at 23:58

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