Is there any problem with receiving money in exchange for giving maaser or tzedeka to a particular person.

For example Reuvan has $1000 maaser and Shimon comes to him and says "give the money to levy and I'll give you a $100"

Or if levy himself comes and says "give me the $1000 and I'll give you $100".

Is it permitted to accept the money?

Even further may a person advertise himself that he has a $1000 of maaser to give away and he'll "sell it" to anyone for $100.

  • I think its comparable to a Chinese auction where if you would give a 1000 dollars you get a iPod.I believe the halacha is one has to subtract the gift item from maaser.
    – sam
    Commented Aug 25, 2013 at 3:46
  • @sam, please provide a source for this. (How far does this go? Suppose I make a donation and receive a receipt for a tax deduction in the mail. The charity pays for the stamp, and pays the salary for someone to write the receipt. Must I subtract those costs from my donation?)
    – Ephraim
    Commented Feb 22, 2014 at 18:31

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The גמרא in בכורות discusses similar issues - assuming that maaser money is like giving תרומות ומעשרות.

Have a look at some of it here - at paragraph 3 titled: PAYING SOMEONE TO GIVE "MATNOS KEHUNAH" TO A YISRAEL'S GRANDSON

It would seem - based on a quick review - that one could "sell" one's maaser money.

  • Even if it is technically permissible, is it at all a good idea or in keeping with the spirit of the thing?
    – Tatpurusha
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 16:54

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