This question asks about the (mostly?) Ashkenazic practice of giving charity in multiples of 18. Another custom I have observed is to give charity in round numbers + 1 e.g. $51, $101, $201 etc. This practice seems to be prevalent in the Syrian and Moroccan communities.

It looks like a gesture of acknowledgment that the cause deserves more than donation being given I'm sure every dollar helps, but is there a Torah-based source for it or is it purely cultural?

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    Hello Yitzchak. Interesting question. My former synagogue had a large population of people from the former Soviet Union. Many of them also donated in round numbers plus one.
    – JJLL
    Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 19:56
  • This source suggests that it is a custom: chafed.org/library/article_cdo/aid/484894/jewish/….
    – JJLL
    Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 19:59
  • 126 also in my experience.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 4:10
  • @JJLL, did you mean chabad.org/484894? But I don't see this there.
    – msh210
    Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 4:11
  • sources for 101 and 201 are gematria of the names of angels. See here judaism.stackexchange.com/a/40802/6641
    – user6641
    Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 13:20


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