Why is it that in modern times, we tithe maaser on non-agricultural income, but not terumah? Does it have anything to do with living outside of the Land of Israel?


1 Answer 1


Maaser on income is based on Bereishis 28:22

וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר תִּתֶּן לִי עַשֵּׂר אֲעַשְּׂרֶנּוּ לָךְ

And everything that You give me, I will surely tithe [lit. take a tenth] to You.

This implies that one should/must give a tenth of one's income, regardless of whether it was earned through agriculture or not.

However, there is no verse stating or implying that one should give Terumah on non-agricultural earnings.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .