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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Mesira on a pauper

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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Can a synagogue appropriate the contents of charity boxes not removed before a specified time?

There are lots of charity boxes from different organisations put out on a table in the foyer of our synagogue on Purim. The wardens have attached a note that says that boxes not taken away by the end ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Donating to A Christian Charity

This question discusses both the obligation to give charity and certain requirements of the receiving institution, but the "best answer" does not address one particular type of charity. It mentions ...
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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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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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Are there halachos which specify who is qualified for tzedakah?

Following a very interesting and animated discussion at the Shabbos table this past Friday night, I wanted to delve more into the halachos of who is an oni? I understand very clearly from the Neviim ...
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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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How do matanos laevyonim services work behind the scenes?

Many shuls and organizations provide a way to fulfill matanos laevyonim by giving online or sending a check made out to the organization. How does this work? Is it as simple as "you're enabling them ...
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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 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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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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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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If someone requests charity during the blessings of Shema, may I give it?

Many times, people collect money during davening, including during the blessings of the Shema, and the custom is to give during that time. Is it permissible to give during this time? The ...
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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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Matanos L'Evyonim

What constitutes a poor person? If someone is a student, and they are living off of loans without a current income, are they considered poor and could one fulfill the mitzvah of Matanos L'Evyonim by ...
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Is there a halachic time limit for sending an organization its charity box money?

Many Jewish organizations distribute tzedaka (charity) boxes. A few that I know tell people, "collect the money and at some point, empty the money and mail us a check." Let's say someone leaves this ...
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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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Source for # times chai?

I often see donation requests with amounts in multiples of $18. I would like to know the source for giving charity of the numeric value of the Hebrew word chai (18) and its multiples.
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Shul Donations Kiosk

Where can I find information for a digital wall kiosk to hang up in a Shul to get donations or to pay Shul balances? I saw that in Israel they have it in almost every shul but in the US I don't see ...
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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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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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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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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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