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Questions tagged [maaser-tithes]

tithes, percentages of new crops, animal births, and income, given to paupers or to levites or consumed in Jerusalem. Includes the current practice to "tithe" ones income and donate it to charity.

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Can one give maaser before getting paid?

Suppose I know I'm going to be paid a certain amount, but the check hasn't yet been delivered. Can I give a Maaser from it before I get the money? For example to a tzedaka's Chinese auction/raffle ...
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Is giving money to relatives considered a tzedakah?

Can giving money to my parents and relatives be considered as tzedakah?
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Maaser sheni tracking system

Based on Maaser Sheni 3:4, you can redeem maaser sheni coins on produce in Yerushalayim even without bringing the coins to Yerushalayim. I have in mind a system where you deposit coins and they add ...
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If a plant / herb (grown in Eretz Yisrael) is used for its essence / aroma, must one first separate Terumah and Maaser (tithes) from it?

If a plant / herb (grown in Eretz Yisrael) is used for its essence / aroma, must one first separate Terumah and Maaser (tithes) from it? Does it make a difference if it is atype of plant which is ...
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Are Noachides/Non-Jews encouraged/expected to do maaser kesafim?

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 ...
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If someone received a coin or a dollar bill which had particular value as a gift item, would Maaser apply?

According to the opinion than Maaser does not apply to non monetary gifts, If someone received a coin or a dollar bill which had particular value as a gift item - for example a coin or bill given by a ...
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Can I use maaser to buy myself (kosher) books and clothes?

Similiar to this question: Can one use Maaser to pay a Mohel? Would books and tznius clothes be okay? While shabbos candles, hanukah menorah, or other commanded mitzvot are not? Could I buy some ...
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What were they thinking following contradictory leniencies in Challah 4:7?

Among other places, the following Braisa appears in Eruvin 6b: לעולם הלכה כבית הלל והרוצה לעשות כדברי בית שמאי עושה כדברי בית הלל עושה מקולי ב"ש ומקולי ב"ה רשע מחומרי ב"ש ומחומרי ב"ה עליו הכתוב ...
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Meiruach through a side door

There is a concept that ma’aser is only required once Meiruach (literally, “smoothing”) is performed on the crop (Peah 1:6 et. al.), at which point the crop is complete and eligible for taking Ma’aser ...
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Avoiding Giving Maaserot?

The Gemara in Bava Kama 28a says: ת"ש בעל הבית שהניח פאה מצד אחד ובאו עניים ונטלו מצד אחר זה וזה פאה וא"א עביד איניש דינא לנפשיה אמאי זה וזה פאה לנקוט פזר וליתיב אמר רבא מאי זה וזה פאה לפוטרן מן ...
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Maaser Sheni Coin Value

I've been reading about redeeming maaser sheni and I've noticed people mentioning redeeming maaser on a coin of value significantly less than the value of the maaser: "For example, a cRc company ...
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Can time spent with others be counted as ma'aser, according to halacha?

I have a question about tzedakah. In regards to the giving of 10 percent of one's income, it is my understanding that one can count the giving of resources and time spent helping others as part of the ...
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What counts as a 'loss', when calculating maaser kesafim?

Would a very necessary, but now broken, piece of office equipment qualify to be counted as a 'loss'. The value being subtracted from the business income subject to Ma'aser Kesafim? If allowed, what ...
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Why do you need a chazakah and a sefeik sefeikah in Demai 1:1?

Maseches Demai opens up by addressing the "leniencies of Demai." As the Bartenura there explains, these lenient items are those which are essentially garbage - foods that people typically wouldn't eat ...
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Investing with Masser money

I'm taking off a 10'th of my weekly income and putting it in a separate Masser account which I later (end of the month) use to pay Tzadukah. Am I allowed to invest these money in the meantime? And ...
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Maaser tax deduction

If A (who does not itemize deductions on his tax return) takes 10% of his earnings and gives it to B, who then donates it to tzedaka and takes a charitable deduction, did A fulfill the mitzva/minhag ...
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Giving Ma'aser Money

If one has ma'aser money, should he give it to poor people, his shul or use it to support Torah institutions? Are there any halachos of where one should give his ma'aser money?
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Giving maaser money to parents

If one is working part time and his / her parents whose financial state is really not great (their balance is negative), is s/he allowed to give his / her maaser money to them even though they support ...
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How does one perform maaser rishon and maaser sheni and when is it required [duplicate]

I am aware that the first and second tithe must be performed on the fruits of Israel. What is the procedure for this and when is it required outside of the land of Israel?
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Maaser Kesafim and Al Tarbeh

There are a variety of opinions regarding the halachic status of the obligation of Maaser Kesafim. It is at least a minhag (possibly Minhag Yisroel) which may have the force of a neder for those ...
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Where can maaser sheini be eaten? (Size of Jerusalem)

Maaser sheini must be eaten in Jerusalem. For this purpose, halachic Jerusalem is the same size as when it was set by the Sanhedrin ~2000 years ago. On today's map, what is included? (An image with a ...
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Can one use Maaser to pay a Mohel?

Can a father use maaser money to pay a mohel to give his son a bris milah? The question is strenghtened since a person is not allowed to charge for performing a mitzvah.
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Blessings and giving

Malachi 3:10 - Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and ...
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How can one eat non-certified kosher Israeli produce?

In Israel, there are many stores that are not certified kosher that sell produce grown in Israel. What is the procedure for taking teruma and maaser, and is there anything else a buyer would need to ...
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Can one give maaser to a fundraiser that will only donate its profits to charity?

If someone owes a certain amount of money for Maaser, can one use it to buy goods (raffle ticket, baked goods, etc.) from a fundraiser that will only donate its profits, not all its proceeds, to the ...
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To whom should one's Maaser be given first, a Kolel or poor people? [closed]

Are those learning in the kolel considered poor? They are able (at least where I'm from) to make a pretty decent living, with the Kolel's salary and support from their families. Is it more important ...
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English Sefarim on Ma'aser Kesafim

Would anyone know of any English Sefarim on the Halachos of Ma'aser Kesafim(money)?
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When does the obligation of Maaser money begin?

There is a tradition of Maaser Kesafim, to give 1/10th of ones salary to charity. Is there a particular set time when the obligation to set aside this money for charity begins? For instance, is one ...
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Tzedakah vs. Maaser

Can someone explain to me the difference between tzedaka and maaser? Is one the obligation to give daily, and the other the requirement to give 10% of yearly income? Can they overlap? Are some ...
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Doesn't maaser go to the poor?

The rabbinate in Israel strictly impose the taking of maaser from growers (1% of everything grown). The rabbinate are scrupulous in ensuring that ONLY the best produce will be taken. The quantity ...
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How did Ya'akov keep his vow regarding tithing?

With permission, I ask this question with honor and respect to a 92 year old man who paid attention to my laining this morning. May he live a long life! Genesis 28:22: וְהָאֶ֣בֶן הַזֹּ֗את אֲשֶׁר־...
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Ma'aser for Cohanin

If fruits were picked by a Cohen for themselves and then someone else eats (with the Cohen's permission, of course), does the person still need to separate Ma'aser?
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Ma'aser on Inheritance

How does one calculate ma'aser on an inheritance? I believe (correct me if I am wrong) that ma'aser is paid on gain; not capital. Accordingly, if one inherits $1000 of which $100 is capital and $900 ...
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Tzedakah and Maaser - one obligation or two?

I understand that the obligation to give Maaser from our income is a sub-category of the overall commandment to give Tzedakah but consider the following question: If I made a promise (Neder) to give ...
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Source for Maaser Money

Several questions on this site Ask about 'maaser money', giving a tithe of one's income to charity. What is the source for this practice?
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Am I obligated to give maaser if [closed]

I was/am going through financial hardships and I promised Hashem that I will give maaser on any and all income that I receive, because it is a required mitzva. I have been keeping my word. My daughter ...
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More Maaser and Tax Math

Let's say your income before taxes and contributions was $1,111, and your tax rate is 10%. Ordinarily, you would pay $111.10 in taxes, and have $999.90 left over, which would be eligible for maaser. ...
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Should tax deductions be deducted from total maaser giving?

(1) Let's say your charitable contribution of $100 resulted in a deduction of $1 from your tax bill. Would your maaser contribution from that hundred be counted as $99 total or $100 total? (2) Let's ...
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Becoming a “stubborn and rebellious child” - a question on Tosafot Yom Tov

In the Mishna (Sanhedrin 8:2), one of the circumstances under which a child who consumed a certain amount of meat and wine does not become a "stubborn and rebellious child" (בן סורר ומורה) is when the ...
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Company matched charitable giving and ma'aser

If my company matches a certain level of charitable giving, can this be included in any way in ma'aser calculations? Does it make a difference if the company matches the donations by giving directly ...
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Would there be any maaser derabbanan on hydroponically grown plants?

Related: What bracha should be made on hydroponics/aeroponics? This question was originally mentioned by Rabbi Eliyahu Fink in his Daf Yomi shiur (Shabbat 128). He was talking about tevel d'rabanan -...
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Maaser on post-tax contributions to retirement accounts

In this article, quoted a few times on this site, there is a discussion on maaser deductions. He says: Tax-free income that went into a retirement (or other) account designated specifically for ...
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Recipients of Maaser Money [duplicate]

To what sort of recipients can one discharge his duty of giving maaser money (lechatchila and bedieved)?
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Rav Moshe and Giving Your Time for Charity

I recall hearing that Rav Moshe Feinstein rules that one should donate a tenth of his time to learn with other Jews, in addition to the more commonly accepted 'tithe' of money. The only source I was ...
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maaser to your own employer

I know there are many Jews who work for schools, synagogues, soup kitchens, and other such non-profit organizations that do a community service. Many people also give maaser money to these ...
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Who did the Avos give maaser to?

Rashi in parshas Toldos (25:27) tells us about Esav: יודע ציד: לצוד ולרמות את אביו בפיו, ושואלו אבא היאך מעשרין את המלח ואת התבן, כסבור אביו שהוא מדקדק במצות׃ who understood hunting: [He knew ...
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Parents who don't want children to take ma'aser from gift

Suppose a non-observant parent gives a (monetary) gift to his/her adult child, but asks that the child not remove 10% to give for tzedaka ("Your mother and I saved this money for you, not for other ...
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Avraham's tithe

Genesis 14:20 says that Avraham gave "a tenth of all" to Malki-Tzedek. A tenth of what? His annual income, his assets, the booty from the war, or something else?
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Is there a prohibition to eat produce before bikkurim (first fruits) have been separated?

Rambam Sefer Hamitzvos negative command 153 says We are forbidden from eating tevel, i.e. produce from which the terumos1 and ma'asros have not yet been separated. Is there a comparable ...
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Are there still those who obey the mitzvah of Ma'aser Behemah?

If I am a farmer or keep animals, is it possible to obey the mitzvah of Ma'aser Behemah in today's times? Is is right to obey this mitzvah?