Many times, people collect money during davening, including during the blessings of the Shema, and the custom is to give during that time. Is it permissible to give during this time?

The interruptions allowed during this time seem to be for kavod haadam, tzorchei tefillah and avoiding bizayon haTorah. Where does giving tzedakah stand?

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    And potentially Osek b'mitzva patur min hamitzvah. – Shalom Sep 2 '10 at 15:32
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    One shul I highly respect (both its laypeople and rov) have a sign that says: "GABBAIS' POLICY: NO Tzedaka collection from Borchu till after Kedusha." That seems reasonable, they can still collect, but not during the most uninterruptable parts of davening. – Shalom Sep 2 '10 at 15:33
  • This should help: youtube.com/watch?v=YOggBeppxbE – Bochur613 Jul 4 '13 at 1:04
  • @Bochur613: Thank you for the link. But my Internet filter blocks Youtube, I don't want to bother setting up a whitelist rule, and I'm not even sure that my web browser can play video anyway. Can you please summarize the linked video for us? – unforgettableidSupportsMonica Jul 5 '13 at 16:56
  • The YouTube video is of Rav Eliyashiv answering this very question.It seems like he assurs it.Hard to hear him answer,it is in Yiddish as well. – sam Jul 9 '13 at 3:42

The video I linked in the comments, like @sam said, is Rav Elyashiv zt'l answering this very question which was asked by the Tomchei Tzedakah Of Lakewood. He says (according to my translation as well as others who have listened) that you are not obligated to give Tzedakah during this time because you are currently in the process of a Mitzvah (Shema), a very important one at that, and therefore you must concentrate on doing that Mitzvah (reciting Shema) and not stop to give Tzedakah. He goes on to say that people should not be collecting during the time of Krias Shema and he says that they shouldn't be collecting during Birkos Krias Shema.

  • I reconfigured my Internet filter and watched the video. The first part of the video discusses charity and the Shema. Starting at 1:20, it discusses the blessings before and after the Shema. I understand very little Yiddish. Dear all: What does the second part of the video say? – unforgettableidSupportsMonica Jul 9 '13 at 19:43
  • Here is a link to the questions that were asked: thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2011/12/… – Bochur613 Jul 9 '13 at 19:53
  • not obligated and better not to, but is it forbidden? – ray Jul 9 '13 at 19:58
  • I do not believe it is forbidden...it is just highly recommended not to – Bochur613 Jul 9 '13 at 20:01
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    @unforgettableid I think what Bochur613 is trying to get at is that even if Rav Elyashiv wasn't asked the question "is this asur, the inference that giving money to such a person encourages violations of halacha should be enough to dissuade a person from doing it. – WAF Jul 15 '13 at 18:30

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