A friend of mines has been infatuated by Judaism for as long as I can remember. He came from the Christian world and has since left it. Even as a Christian he would take 10% of his income and give to local charities. He also would use this money to buy seforim for himself and others for learning.

So are Non-Jews/Noahides expected or encouraged to do maaser kesafim (setting aside 10% of take home income)? And what can/should the monies go to?

  • Maaser is a mitzvah specific for Jews but tzedakah as a general action is definitely positive for non Jews to do – Dude Jun 13 at 16:00
  • Maa'ser goes to a Cohen. As I understand it, it is one of the Cohen's gifts from Jews, specifically. If a Gentile gave a Cohen 1/10 of his produce / income, etc. I don't think that's called ma'aser. – DanF Jun 13 at 16:39
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    @DanF I believe ma'aser is given to the L'viyim, the poor, and oneself (e.g.). – WAF Jun 13 at 17:49
  • @DanF also it applies to a non-Jew's produce (Demai 5:9), he's just allowed to eat it without taking it off. And if he takes terumah or maaser, it takes full effect (Terumos 3:9) – Heshy Jun 13 at 23:39

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