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The mitzvah of charity, generally giving to the poor, In Hebrew צדקה, literally meaning "justice or righteousness."

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Computing Maaser: How much tzedakah (charity) do I owe?

What are the requirements surrounding maaser? How much do I owe? What can I deduct from my income?
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Minhag when Changing Money from a Tzedaka Pushka

I observed a minhag that when changing money with money in a tzedakah Pushka, not to change the full amount. For example, if you try to change 5 dollars into quarters one would leave the last quarter (...
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Sponsoring a Sefer - R' Yitzchak Meir Morgenstern Shlit"a

anyone know someone or has a sefer they're looking for support to help print? I want to help print a sefer, specifically preferably in the realm of chassidus or halacha. any chance someone knows a ...
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Are infirm people who can’t work obligated to give tzedakah

According to Halacha, are infirm people who can not work due to age, injury, illness etc. obligated to donate tzedakah or no? In this scenario, they are still mentally competent, although they can’t ...
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Do you still need to give old maaser?

If one realized that years ago they earned money and did not give maaser, is there a chiyuv to give the maaser now?
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May a convert/woman be the president or CEO of a tzedakah organization

According to Halacha, people who convert to Judaism or Jewish women are not permitted to have some positions of authority over born Jews. My question is, does being a president or CEO of a tzedakah ...
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Tzedakah for non-observant Jews

According to Halacha, do Jews fullfill their obligation of donating tzedakah if they give it to non-observant Jews? Or no, if a Jew is not religiously observant does it not fullfill the mitzvah of ...
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Tzedakah Missing from the Purim Story

After Mordechai heard abut the decree of death placed upon the Jews he went out publicly in a display of mourning, pleading with the Jews to repent (teshuvah) which they ultimately did, and he prayed (...
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Should someone tithe unemployment benefits and severance pay?

I know you're supposed to tithe your after-tax wages as well as gifts of money. However, if a Jew is receiving one instance of severance pay and is eligible for unemployment benefits, do they tithe ...
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Give tzedakah/maaser ksafim in property (not cash)

Usually I think of giving maaser ksafim as donating money. Does it also count to give (movable) property? For example, if someone with a $100k income wants to give 20%, is it ok to donate a car worth $...
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Who takes priority when giving Tzedakah

I have recently been hit with some financial issues, so I have to tighten my wallet. Who takes priority in the giving of Tzedakah?
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Do poor converts get priority in tzedakah/maaser

In Halacha, is there any priority in giving converts, with the Halacha status of ani/poor, tzedakah and Maaser before giving it to poor born Jews? The reason I ask is because there are more positive ...
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Mesira on a pauper [closed]

Let's say I was in a kosher store and I noticed a Jewish homeless man who is halachically an "ani" and i notice him pickpocketing some food. Would i be allowed to tell the store owner or ...
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What constitutes by their means for tzedakah

The Halacha is that Jews should give as much charity that reflects their means. My question is, how is “by their means” defined? Is it a specific percentage of their income, how much value their money ...
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Clarifying exactly the halacha of Maaser [duplicate]

In the past several months I've been deducting 10% of my income and setting it aside. I'm starting to feel confused about whether I'm doing it correctly. I have some accumulated money ready to give to ...
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Why is healing different than charity?

There's a gemara that quotes a baraisa as allowing a doctor to administer medical treatment with Rashi explaining that one could otherwise think that one is contravening God who caused the illness. ...
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Maaser-Specialized Accountants

Are there accountants who specialize in calculating the exact amount of maaser one should give and adjust 'deductions from maaserable income' as per different shittot?
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Do gentiles have the obligation of giving charity to help the needy?

The only source I found that relates to charity and gentiles is that Jews are expected to give charity to help the non-Jews in their environment for the sake of "darkei shalom". Given that ...
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Is the Rambam correct that there is no obligation to support Torah scholars?

Hillel said in Pirkei Avot 4:5: Anyone who derives worldly benefit from the words of the Torah removes his life from the world. The Rambam in his commentary thereon explores the idea of financially ...
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Help me understand this Midrash Talpiot about finding lost objects

https://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=33215&st=&pgnum=27 I understand you have to make a vow that you will give שמן in honour of R Meir. Also that it may not work if someone already found ...
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Tzedakah concentric circles

I have read about concentric circles as a guideline for giving Tzedakah. If a family member is struggling, I assume I should give to them. But I have seen that this can be designated as a loan, and ...
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Does the Igros Moshe hold like the Gra on use of Chomesh Money?

Here they quote the Igros Moshe https://dinonline.org/2021/11/18/uses-for-chomesh-money/ That while Maaser money is only for the poor Chomesh money on the other hand can also go to Mitzvas other than ...
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Tsedaka- Extreme YOLO charity!

Hypothetically speaking, if someone wants Hashem to bless them with great wealth, would it be irresponsible for them to donate 100% of their earnings to charity? Would they end up poor?
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Bitachon when collecting tzedakah

In the Chavos Halevavos chapter on Bitachon, we are comparing an alchemist to someone who has trust in Hashem. Its writes: והשמיני שבעל הכימיה איננו מתעכב בשום מקום מיראתו שמא יתגלה סודו. והבוטח ...
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Can a non-Jew give tzedakah?

I saw videos on YouTube from Rebbe Lubavitch saying to give money to tzedakah to run better on business and to be blessed. I'm giving money for a Jewish charity institution in Brazil monthly to test ...
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Rabbi Grossman's tzedakkah segula for soldiers

In Israeli Dati social media circles there's been a little bit of a buzz recently1 over a segula apparently first introduced by Rabbi Grossman during the Second Lebanon War (see here from 0:52). The ...
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Animal charities donations in Hilchos Tzedakah

Is it permissible to give Maaser money (or for that matter, a large sum of spontaneous Tzedakah), to an animal protection or endangered species charity? Would this be considered foolish spending or a ...
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המבזבז אל יבזבז and the Guarantee of Wealth

It says in Talmud that Chazal made a Takana in Usha that one should not give too much money to charity. Specifically more than one fifth. Does the guarantee of wealth still apply to someone who gives ...
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Does the Talmud have any wise sayings about people who used to be rich but then lost all their money?

My Dad told me he once learned from a Rabbi that the Talmud talks about an Istanis who was rich but lost all their money. I am looking for wise sayings about people who were rich but lost it all. I ...
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The Quality of Charity

Parshat Ki Tavo tells us about bikkurim -- offering God the first fruit of the harvest. [Deuteronomy 26:2-11] The Rambam says that all donations for the sake of God should be of the best goods we ...
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What constitutes Tzedaka through a Charitable Foundation?

There are various organisations that take contributions from Clients and recover the (UK) tax and allow the Client to distribute the proceeds through vouchers and other means to Charities. See for ...
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Landlord special tzedakah for renter?

ArtScroll's Tzedakah Treasury (p.200) quotes a story from "Rosh Golas Ariel" saying that the Imrei Emes told a landlord to pay his poor tenant's rent rather than have the community help pay ...
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Donations during the daily repetition of the Amidah; give one for the whole week?

Someone goes around collecting donations in our shul daily during the repetition of the Shacharis Amidah. This is not ideal since it means that proper attention is not given to the repetition. But it ...
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Source for Volozhiner Yeshiva Story

Many trustworthy sources quote a story of Rav Chaim Volozhiner explaining to a disappointed benefactor that tzedakah given with pure intentions is used for holier items in the yeshiva while tzedakah ...
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What is the underlying purpose of Tzadakah?

Is the purpose of Tzadakah to simply feed and house the poor, if so why did Hillel give the rich man a horse and run before him?
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Is tipping a form of tzedakah?

In these times when people who work need every dollar is tipping a form of tzedakah?
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Is buying from a Yeshiva tzedakah?

Is buying from a Rabbi or Yeshiva a form of tzedakah especially if the Rabbi or Yeshiva derives support from it.
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May ma'aser funds be used for kimcha d'pischa?

May one use ma'aser money for kimcha d'pischa?
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Does charity which is misused by its recipient count?

Let’s say you give to charity and the charity wastes your money does it still count due to proper intention?
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Where does Taz say I should feel bad if I cannot learn because Hashem gave me a different mitzvah?

Where does Taz say I should feel bad if I cannot learn because Hashem gave me a different mitzvah that only I can do? Meaning, that Hashem is not pleased with my Torah right now. I think it is in ...
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Maaser money / Tax form

How can I determine from the tax form 1040 what number I’m supposed to look at to calculate maaser?
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How is one able to separate exactly one tenth of an income for maaser?

This article says: According to some authorities, the special virtue of maaser—for which the Torah promises wealth (and even permits “testing” Hashem)—is limited to donating exactly one tenth of one’...
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If a person gives 20% of their money to charity, and yet after, still has money to spend. Can he spend it on a big house, nice car ect? (Ayin Hara)

The question I'm asking is on the basis of Ayin Hara, I'm confused a bit, since there is an halachah that a person can't give more then 20% away (debatable don't want to get into that) but there is ...
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Tzedakah Protects from hell?

I’ve heard rabbis like Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi and Rabbi Yaron Reuven say that giving to a Yeshiva, kiruv, Shule, charity, helps one gain protection from hell or gain mitzvot. Is there any source for ...
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Is using an EBT card in a supermarket considered taking tzedakah from goyim?

In today's Rambam, Hilchos Edut chapter 11 halacha 3, the Rambam writes that if one takes charity from goyim in public when it's possible to take it in private, that person is invalid as a witness. ...
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Is donating blood a mitzvah?

Is donating blood a mitzvah? Are there contemporary sources? I am looking for an answer from a posek, rav, etc.
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Should we accept donations of tainted money?

A lot has been written on whether donations of tainted money should be accepted. The money is tainted either because it is ill-gotten or because the donor is ethically challenged (e.g., sexual ...
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Give a poor person "all that he lacks"?

The Torah says that we must give a poor person all that he lacks [דֵּ֚י מַחְסֹר֔וֹ אֲשֶׁ֥ר יֶחְסַ֖ר לֽוֹ.] [Deut. 15:7-8] The Shulḥan Arukh interprets: How much should be given to the poor? Dei ...
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Was Haman rewarded for supporting Torah learners and building the Beis HaMikdash?

The Midrash Shochar Tov (22:25) writes לשלשה חלקים נחלק ממונו של המן. שליש למרדכי ואסתר. ושליש לעמלי תורה. ושליש לבנין בית המקדש - Haman's money was divided into thirds: 1/3 was given to Mordechai ...
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Is it better to give Ma'aser Kesofim to Talmidei chochomim who are not poor or to poor Yidden who are not Talmidei chochomim?

What is the ideal way to give Ma'aser Kesofim? Is it better to give Ma'aser Kesofim to Talmidei chochomim who are not poor or to poor Yidden who are not Talmidei chochomim?
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