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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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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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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Giving to a “mission” collection

In some religions, people accept upon themselves some kind of "mission" to do whatever act to help others. In many cases, it involves collections to send to the poor, or to 3rd world countries. The ...
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Donating Tzedaka and Nodrei Lev

You've received a fundraising call from a local frum institution and agree to donate $100. The individual on the phone directs you to the donation site to fill out the forms. After you get off the ...
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When is it permissible to collect charity during prayer?

In my shul someone usually brings around the pushka (charity box) during the chazzan's repetition of shmoneh esrei. I have also heard that it is appropriate to give tzedaka during v'yivarech Dovid. ...
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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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What if the Gabbai Tzedakah runs away?

Suppose a Gabbai Tzedakah passes our good friend Reuven while making his collection rounds. Reuven reaches into his pocket for his wallet and removes the money he wants to donate. By the time Reuven ...
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Does this count as Tzedakah?

I found out there's an app that gives money to charity depending on how much you run. You can choose between dozens of organizations that help stop hunger, help the homeless, cure cancer, provide ...
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What appropriate amount of tzedakah for mi sheberech?

What is considered to be appropriate amount to give for mi shebereh asking for a blessing for an individual ill person?
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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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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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Other mitzvos hayom before megilla

When making the blessing shehecheyanu before the megilla, one should have in mind that the blessing should cover the other mitzvos of Purim. But what if the megilla reading will be later, and one ...
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Is it okay for a gentile to join a Christian or an Islamic charity movement?

If a gentile want to spend his free time other than Study Torah and want to join a Charity movement but the problem isnthat all the charity movements he/she knows and are near them is Christian or ...
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Dedications and Their Expected Life-Span

Several years ago I was doing an observation in a private secular pre-school. The school is housed in the former Talmud Torah building still owned by the synagogue immediately next door. (The student ...
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Problem of Ribis in giving loan in order to give Tzedeka

(In order to understand the dinim of Ribis and if this particular case would be problematic I will give a localized example. However please don't close the question or say it's too "local" because the ...
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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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What is a “Binyan Bayis fund”?

Sorry, but, yet another unfamiliar marriage-related question... One of my distant cousin's daughter is engaged. Her mother told me that in lieu of sending gifts towards a bridal registry, she has ...
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Using a gift with condition for Matanot L'Evyonim

(Related to this) I understand one can give matanot l'evyonim by way of a messenger. I was given a gift this year for Purim -- someone gave me a $5 check with the recipient space left blank and told ...
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school tuition and being an Oni

In relation to paying one's children's Yeshiva tuition, when is one permitted to request a discount etc.? What is the definition of "oni" (poor person) in this situation? At what point is the ...
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Is there a source for giving charity in round numbers plus one?

This question asks about the (mostly?) Ashkenazic practice of giving charity in multiples of 18. Another custom I have observed is to give charity in round numbers + 1 e.g. $51, $101, $201 etc. This ...
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Praying with pictures or money on the table

It has been established that one may not pray facing a picture. May one pray by a table where pictures or money bills lie? How about engraved images like coins? If prohibited, how can the practice of ...
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Why is it the halocho (law) that persuading others to give is greater than giving?

Chazal say, "Gadol hame’aseh yosair min ha’oseh," "the one causing others to give tzedakah is greater than the person giving the tzedakah" (Bava Basra 9a). The Shulchan Oruch YD 249 (5) brings this ...
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If your donation is matched, do you get reward for the match as well?

If an organization has a philanthropist that agreed to match every dollar donated. If you give $100, and he matches your $100. Do you get reward for $200 or $100? Had you not given your $100, ...
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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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Mitzva of Tzedaka for Pikuach Nefesh

Let's say one has a relative/parent who needs a life saving operation but does not have the financial means to pay for it or even get a loan, is one required to sell his property to help them?
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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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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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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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Source for anecdote with Moses Montefiore and Charity

I have heard an anecdote told of Moses Montefiore explaining that his 'worth' was only what he gave to charity. This story is quoted in many places (ex. 1, 2, 3) to underscore the value of charity. I ...
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Can you be buried with tzedokoh receipts?

When you pass away can you request to get buried with your tzedokoh receipts? Will the burial people allow it? Is it worth it, I know everything gets recorded by God, but I've heard stories of people ...
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What type of mitzvah, if any, is a donation to medical research?

If I give money to a charity that finances medical research, I think I'm doing a mitzvah, but of what sort? Is this tzedakah when I'm not clothing or feeding the poor? Is it saving a life when there ...
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Can pledged cash be exchanged for other cash?

Authorities like the Or Zaru'a have been so stringent as to say that even mental pledges are binding when it comes to gifts to the poor. Many less extreme opinions hold that verbal pledges of the same ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Practical Implications of 20 Av

Are there any changes in davening or daily practice on the 20th of Av? The Gemara lists the date as among those which marked the donation of wood to the Temple by particular families. The 20th seems ...
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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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Repaying Loans vs Tzedakah

When one has to repay an interest-free loan to a Jewish lender, does that take precedence over giving tzedakah? If several payments must be made, can one thus expedite repayment by giving less to ...
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Stolen Tefillin Fund

My tefillin have gone missing, as well as a tallit which had belonged to my grandfather ז”ל. At present, I still hope that they turn up, however I am trying to look into other options if chas veshalom ...
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Are we morally obligated to help the poor?

To make this question concrete: Let's say I am stopped at a stoplight and I see a person holding a sign asking for money. Main question: Am I morally obligated to help him/her? For those who ...
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A hungry beggar asks to use your credit card to buy food. Must you give it?

This M.Y. answer states that if a beggar asks you for food, you do not investigate, but provide food. I assume that if you give cash so that the beggar can buy food, that is the same. A few months ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is a Flying-sign (panhandling) “bet” legit?

A flying-sign panhandler had a sign that read: I bet you $1 you won't read this sign. I thought it was clever and humorous so I gave him $1 and wished him well. By giving him $1 did I accept the ...