Questions tagged [tzedakah-charity]

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

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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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What are the economics of charity collectors who come from outside the United States?

In my shul from time to time someone from outside the United States, usually from Israel, comes to collect charity. I would like to better understand the economics of this process. I had heard ...
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Charity begins at home

In his introduction to Parshat Vayechi, Rabbeinu Bachya says the following regarding charity (Munk translation): “The subject matter of charity, how to practice it, and in what amount to practice it ...
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Does giving donations necessarily mean it's tzeddakah?

BS"D How can giving a donation (based on US law that it is a contribution towards a non-for-profit 501c3 organization) to a very affluent shul, yeshiva, or other mosed still Halachically count as ...
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Giving Tzedakah in certain denominations [duplicate]

Is there a source of giving tzedaka in amounts of multiple of chai (18) or shem havaiah (26) ect?
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Can external actions reduce my “reward” for giving charity?

The Rambam lists 8 levels of giving charity, saying one is better than the next. I am assuming that there is some greater advantage to performing this mitzvah on a "higher" level, an idea ...
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Should I donate money to non-jewish organizations that I've benefited from, or is it better to give that money to Jewish institutions?

I was thinking that on the one hand there may be an ענין to give to a non-Jewish organization that you've benefitted from (e.g. Wikipedia) as a way to train yourself in the middah of הכרת הטוב (...
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How frequently should I give tzedakah/maaser ksafim?

This question assumes there's some form of a mitzvah to give 10% of one's income to tzedakah (as the answers to this question suggest, this may stem from a neder to give "maaser ksafim"). Is ...
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Matanos La'evyonim to poor from your city

I saw quoted from Rav Elyashiv (אשרי האיש או"ח ח"ג פרק מ"ו אות י"ב), Rav Nevetzhal (מציון תצא תורה ח"א אות קל"א) and Rav Wosner (קובץ מבית לוי חי"ז עמ' ק"ט) ...
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Does designating money for charity equate to tzedakah?

Rambam on Pirkei Avos 3:15 suggests that it is better to give a certain amount of tzedakah each day over several days rather than giving the equivalent total all at once, because each act of giving ...
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I vaguely remember learning not to give Tzedakah to strangers for fear of deception?

I remember being taught that since there are people who willingly deceive others by pretending to be impoverished so that they will trick others into giving them Tzedakah, lends the public permission ...
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Tzedaka in the Wilderness

As a young child, the Kotzker Rebbe is quoted as asking how Klal Yisroel in the Wilderness were able to fulfill the mitzva of tzedaka if they had everything they needed with the manna. However, they ...
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Giving Tzedakah Less than a Perutah

The consensus among poskim is that a prutah is 1/40 of a gram of silver, which is usually more than 1 cent but less than 5 cents. So if a person only gives a penny to tzedakah (let's say that is all ...
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Can I receive paid holiday from employer on Shabbat, even though I have not actually worked?

Is there a contraindication to receiving holiday pay on Shabbat, where I have booked it off so as not to work Shabbat ?
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Do matching funds count towards one’s maaser money?

For example, my company matches donations to qualifying charities dollar for dollar. If I donate $100 and they match $100, can I count the matched funds as part of my masser obligation?
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Accepting donations from Non-Shomer Shabbos?

May a Torah institution accept funds from a Jew who makes money from working on Shabbos? (I heard that a particular Rebbe collecting money would put money earned with holy endeavors was put into his ...
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Origin of “shaliach mitzvah” money [duplicate]

Before someone goes on a trip, there is a custom to give that person a dollar to give to tzedakah when they arrive at their destination. I have heard that the reason for this is that no harm comes to ...
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Charity given to poor person who then becomes wealthy

If someone decided to help a poor family out by giving them a substantial amount of money (years worth) and then subsequently the poor gets yerusha or wins the lottery, according to the halacha does ...
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Why don't we say a blessing before giving charity?

Before doing many mitzvos (commandments), we are required derabanan to say a blessing. Why is this not the same for giving tzedakah (charity)?
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What constitutes tzedakah? [duplicate]

What constitutes tzedakah? The general understanding is that tzedakah is giving money or things to the poor, or help them help themselves with jobs, loans, tuition for training, etc. You must give ...
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What is the mitzvah of tzedakah dependent on?

We learn in the Rambam commentary on Avos (3:19) that it is preferable to give a little bit of tzedakah to many people than a few large amounts to a few people. When does one fulfil the mitzvah of ...
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What is the purpose of “shlichut” money? [duplicate]

Whenever I have gone to Israel, people have given me "shlichut / mitzvah" money to donate at the Kotel. Usually, I get to the Kotel, but, I don't always have time to do this, if I'm on a very short ...
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Obligation to ask for tzedakah

At what point is one obligated to ask for tzedakah? If one sleeps in a car are they obligated to ask to sleep in an apartment? How about food? If one has a minimal subsistence level may one refuse ...
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May one choose the recipient of his/her organ donation?

I have decided to donate a kidney. I know that with organizations like Renewal you can choose to donate to someone specifically. I was wondering if it is mutar to browse potential recipients and see ...
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When did the custom of giving charity in multiples of 18 begin? [duplicate]

People often give charity in multiples of 18. What is the earliest record of such donations?
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How to distribute tzedakah percentage wise?

Are there any detailed recommendations from chachamim how to distribute tzedakah percentage wise (how many percent to pikuach nefesh, Torah insitutions/talmidim, how many to poor people, etc.)? I'm ...
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If giving tzedakah money to parents is a “disrespectful matter” (Talmud, Kiddushin 32a), is giving tzedakah to other relatives a bad idea as well?

My question is going to be a bit complicated so stay with me before you mark it as a duplicate. In my previous question Is giving money to parents considered a tzedaka?, I received answers that it's ...
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Are Jews allowed to contribute to the reconstruction of the Paris cathedral?

I assume most of you have already heard about the sad events that happened yesterday in France. One of the main symbols of Paris, a functioning cathedral caught on fire and caused huge damage to the ...
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Can Mishloach Manot count as Matanot Laevyonim and vice versa?

If I donate ready to eat food to a soup kitchen, or, even more directly, if I see 2 homeless men on the street on Purim and hand them each a sandwich and a drink, can that fulfill my obligation to ...
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Elijah and the dying man

I remember reading long ago that the prophet Elijah sometimes will appear to a dying man pretending to be a beggar asking charity, to give the man one last chance of doing an act of tzedakah. Is this ...
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Origin of the word “pushka” [closed]

European Jews tend to use the word “pushka” for ‘charity box’. What is the origin of the word? As far as I can tell, Slavic languages use somewhat similar sounding words for ‘container’. In ...
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Halachic limitations on testing Hashem with Tzedaka

THe Gemmorah (Taanis 9a) discusses the idea of testing Hashem with charity/tithes and brings proof from Tanach (Malachi 3,10) - you give your charity and Hashem maximizes your "earnings": אשכחיה ר' ...
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Does promising salvation in return to a donation border on fraud?

I have mixed feelings about very common (in Israel) advertisements like this one: (the ad says: "32 orphans are getting married and YOU ARE GRANTED SALVATION"... each one who donates 320 NIS WILL, ...
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What did Hamechaber mean by “personal property” in Hilchot Tzedaka?

SA Y"D 249: כמה חייב ליתן [לצדקה] וכיצד יתננה: שיעור נתינתה ... עד חומש נכסיו מצוה מן המובחר ואחד מעשרה מדה בינונית. וחומש זה שאמרו שנה ראשונה מהקרן מכאן ואילך חומש שהרויח בכל שנה: The ...
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Is it a “mitzvah” to accept tzedakah?

While there is a mitzvah to give tzedakah -- as per the Rambam's list Not to refrain from maintaining a poor man and giving him what he needs (Deut. 15:7) To give charity according to one's means (...
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Source that one doesn't challenge someone ready to humiliate himself to ask for tzedakah

I seem to remember reading that one doesn't challenge someone ready to humiliate himself to ask for tzedakah, but I can't find the source. The closest I am getting is the Rambam (MT Matnot Aniyim 7:6)...
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Is there a minhag of giving tzedakah during the torah service?

My weekday morning minyan recently merged into another one, so we're seeing some minor changes in customs. One that is new to me is: at the end of the torah service, as the torah is being carried ...
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Giving Maaser To a Jewish Beggar Who Comes After Davening

After shacharit today, a Jewish person came into shul asking for money to help him provide for his family. He did not have a letter from a Rabbi validating him, as some other after-davening-beggars do....
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An avrech without a profession but if he would work, he would earn enough money, is he called an oni regarding tzedaka?

A talmid jojom (Torah scholar) that is poor is one of the highest priorities in tzedaka, over a regular poor person. Is he still considered poor if he could be earning good money, but decides to learn ...
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Debate about what degree of Tzedakah this is

Was having a debate with another Jewish friend of mine (I'm not Jewish, but an interested party) about something I recently did/have been known to do on occasion. If a person I regularly do business ...
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Segulah for Parnasah

In the new Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz Biography (page 276) they quote Rabbi Zlotowitz once saying that "Giving tzedakah as if you are rich - is the greatest segulah to actually get there". What was his ...
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Exchanging presents on Rosh Hashana?

Nehemia 8:10 records that the people in Jerusalem were told to, among other things, provide food for Rosh Hashana for those who are lacking: ויאמר להם לכו אכלו משמנים ושתו ממתקים ושלחו מנות לאין ...
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Donations from non-Jews

Are donations to Torah institutions from non-Jews acceptable? Does it make a difference if they donate money or objects (e.g. a sefer Torah)? Does it make a difference who the donor is and what their ...
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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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Tzedakah and tax deduction

In my country of residence there's a possibility to deduct charities from the tax. Since most have a daytime job and the tax is deducted in advance, in practice it means that at the end of the year ...
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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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Why does one receive reward for saying they will give tzedaka?

The Tosefta in Peah (4:17) states that if a person says they will give tzedaka and then gives it, they receive divine reward both for the "saying" and for the "giving." And in a case where the person ...

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