I found out there's an app that gives money to charity depending on how much you run. You can choose between dozens of organizations that help stop hunger, help the homeless, cure cancer, provide vaccines to poor people, build schools, etc. I found this completely awesome and I'm totally going to use it; however, I don't know if this counts as Tzedakah because it's not me who's actually paying this, not even a cent comes from my pocket.

If you'd like to download it, it's called Charity Miles.

  • I would say that your supposition is probably correct, but it might be like volunteering your time at a soup kitchen. On the other hand, if you were going to run anyways, the situation might be different. Dec 2, 2015 at 0:00
  • @sabbahillel Then what mitzvah would be volunteering my time for needed people?
    – Gabriel12
    Dec 2, 2015 at 0:02
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    It might be considered as having "paid" the worth of your time to tzedakah. The phrase as I recall is schar bitul melacha, (payment for not performing paying work). This is similar to donating an item that you had purchased to tzedakah. In the Charity Miles case, monetary tzedakah comes from the donor and you might be credited with having provided the excuse for the donation (since you would have been running those miles in any event). Dec 2, 2015 at 1:14
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    @sabbahillel I think there may be various nuances to the term tzedaka that extend beyond money. I have to explore that notion. Until then, it sounds like volunteering time in a soup kitchen is called chessed.
    – DanF
    Dec 2, 2015 at 2:33
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    Count as tzedaka in what regard?
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 14, 2016 at 4:21

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if it goes to a halachikly acceptable cause it will count as if you gave it, the same one can make a monetary acquisition or be mikadash a women by causing someone else to give. it also works for maser. see kidushin 7a

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    Why? How do you know?
    – andrewmh20
    Dec 7, 2015 at 4:19
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    Define halachikly acceptable! Dec 7, 2015 at 7:45
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    @andrewmh20, he said how he knows: "the same [as] one can make a monetary acquisition or be mikadash a women by causing someone else to give".
    – msh210
    Dec 7, 2015 at 15:40
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    This post would be a great deal more valuable if you would edit it to make your arguments clearer and to found them directly in relevant sources.
    – Isaac Moses
    Dec 7, 2015 at 15:57

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