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Is part of the Mediterranean sea considered Eretz Israel?

Source Gittin 8a which is regarding what part of the mediteranien sea is obligated in Maaser (see 7b-8a) (Bold is translation everything else is Research) הנסין שבים רואין אותן כאילו חוט מתוח עליהם ...
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Very Complicated Taz about Bracha on a Safek

Right off the bat, the Ba'eir Heitev there raises your question and suggests that there might be a typo: ומ"ש הט"ז כמו בהפרשת דמאי ע"ש הוא נגד המשנה במסכת דמאי פרק א' משנה ל' ומפרישין ...
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Rav Moshe and Giving Your Time for Charity

Following @Yirmeyahu's lead I found my copy of the Eye of the Needle with the full copy of the article you are looking for. I scanned it below. See end of page 3 and page 4. It is not a straight ...
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Is giving money to relatives considered a tzedakah?

If your parents are in need then give them because Tzedaka is a Mitzva to everyone, but even if they dont need so much helping them is still a mitzva see Isiah 58,7: הֲלוֹא פָרֹס לָרָעֵב לַחְמֶךָ, ...
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Reliable Tzedakah Websites

Here's a list of Jewish organizations I donate online to with some regularity. I spend about 10 minutes checking out each one for reliability and quality and usefulness of work before giving a ...
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Can purchasing tickets for high holidays services count as maaser?

TL;DR maybe yes... but it depends, should CYLOR just to be safe Rav Yosef Yeshaya Braun in a chabadinfo.com article titled "Can I Buy my Seat With Maaser Money?" says it depends: There is ...
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Does Ma'aser need to be given on gifts?

There is no maaser on non-monetary gifts according to R Tzvi Spitz, R Moshe Feinstein, R Moshe Heinemann, Chazon Ish (all four cited by R Avrohom Chaim Feuer in The tzedakah treasury pp. 136-7). Some ...
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Can one give maaser before getting paid?

Yes you can donate money now and deduct it from future ma'aser "obligations". I found it clearly adresed by dinonline The Noda Beyehuda [volume 1 siman 73] rules that one may give preemptive ...
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Ezra's penalty against the levites and an incident in the mishna

Tosafos (Kiddushin 27a, ד"ה נתון) addresses this. They give two possibilities: The Gemara (Yevamos 86b) cites an opinion that the penalty was that Maaser Rishon should be given specifically to ...
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Earliest Sources for Giving Maaser of Time

Rabbi Haim Palachi (Nefesh Haim, ma’arechet Hei n. 7; s.v. ונלע״ד) articulated the idea of “tithing” one’s time by spreading or teaching Torah. Similarly, Rabbi Shimon Shkop (Share Yosher, intro., s.v....
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Is Maaser Rishon Calculated Based on Quality or Quantity

The Mishna (Terumot 4:6) writes: המונה משובח והמודד משובח ממנו והשוקל משובח משלשתן.‏ One who counts is [more] praiseworthy [than one who estimates]; one who measures is more praiseworthy than one who ...
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May ma'aser funds be used for kimcha d'pischa?

Although the Mishnas Yaavetz (simian 7) explains that the chiyuv of kimcha dpischa is more than just tzedaka, making it an obligation even if one has to borrow money to give it, RSZ says that nowadays ...
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Giving Maaser To a Jewish Beggar Who Comes After Davening

There are a few laws relevant to your question: It is forbidden to turn someone away. Instead, one must give at least something. One should investigate a pauper before giving a substantial gift, but ...
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Can one separate Maaser at a distance from the Tevel to save another from eating Tevel?

This is based on the opinion of Rebbi, brought in Eruvin 32a, which is quoted by Rambam in Hilchot Ma’aserot 10:10: עַם הָאָרֶץ שֶׁאָמַר לְחָבֵר צֵא וְלַקֵּט לִי תְּאֵנִים מִתְּאֵנָתִי אוֹכֵל מֵהֶן ...
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Must one give maaser on cash back?

Since the cash back is a proportion of the cash spent, it fits the definition of a rebate (from Wikipedia: a form of buying discount [...] paid by way of reduction, return, or refund that is paid ...
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Story about a man who didn't give maaser and gradually lost his income until he was earning ten percent

Midrash Tanchuma, Re'eh 10: דְּאָמַר רַבִּי לֵוִי, מַעֲשֶׂה בְּאֶחָד שֶׁהָיָה מוֹצִיא מַעַשְׂרוֹתָיו כָּרָאוּי, וְהָיְתָה לוֹ שָׂדֶה אַחַת וְהָיְתָה עוֹשָׂה אֶלֶף מִדּוֹת, וְהָיָה מוֹצִיא ...
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Can time spent with others be counted as ma'aser, according to halacha?

Harav Melamed gives this exact answer on the website Yeshiva.org.il: שאלה : האם אפשר במקום לתת מעשר לבצע עבודות חשמל עבור ישיבה שאני מעוניין לתרום לה? וכיצד להחשיב את עלות העבודה שלי, לפי ...
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When does the obligation of Maaser money begin?

The title of your question speaks of obligation while the text of your question speaks of tradition. There is indeed a significant discussion amongst poskim about the exact status of maaser. R Avrohom ...
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When does the obligation of Maaser money begin?

As I explain in More Maaser and Tax Math and as can be seen in Maaser Kesafim: Giving a Tenth to Charity this is the equivalent of having made a neder to give a minimum percentage to tzedakah. Thus, ...
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What were they thinking following contradictory leniencies in Challah 4:7?

As you noticed, they indeed changed the halacha to follow Rabban Gamliel in all cases, as Rav Kahati explains. (עיין בבלי עירובין ו, ב; ז, א) לפי שאין לאחוז שתי קולות הסורות זו את זו The reason as ...
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Can I use maaser to buy myself (kosher) books and clothes?

These questions and others are discussed by the major Poskim. At https://www.yeshiva.org.il/midrash/7238 Section 11, Rabbi Eliezer Melamed says that Sefarim for oneself are a no-go, despite some ...
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Is there a practical difference between different ways of food becoming obligated in ma'aser?

Here is an element of answer. My understanding is based on Gemara BM 88a-89b, Betsa 13 and 34-35. The owner, when he finished the work, the harvesting is ready, takes it at home and then he cannot ...
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Why can a convert say mikra bikkurim but not viduy maaser?

Some answers, from a chaburah I wrote up a few years back. (I didn't write down the precise locations of the sources - will have to look them up when I have some time.) Radvaz notes that by מקרא ...
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Do matching funds count towards one’s maaser money?

The definition of matching funds is money donated by someone else to match money that you have donated. Matching funds are funds that are set to be paid in proportion to funds available from ...
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What can be done with the terumos and maasros?

You have four options Give it to a Kohen who will burn it for warmth or feed it to his pets Bury it Put it into a dedicated compost pot (not mixed with other compost) and discard it once it has ...
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How did Abraham give Maaser of Sodom's property?

There are many commentaries1 who understand the story differently. It's not that the King of Sedom was offering Avraham gifts, and the latter refused. In reality, these spoils from the war were ...
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Eating Bought Tevel is Only an Issur D'Rabbanan?

Rivam (quoted in Tosafot Bava Metzi'a 88b) was bothered by your questions, particularly how demai works if this is only a derabbanan issue. He therefore ruled in completely the opposite direction to ...
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In the yearly cycle, how many offerings, tithes, and sacrifices would an Israelite household provide?

Numbers 28--29 is communal offerings. Those were done by Temple priests, and funded by everyone's annual half-shekel dues. (In fact, the Talmud's tractate Shekalim is all about said public funds. ...
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Does Ma'aser need to be given on gifts?

I asked Rabbi David Feinstein about this once. He said the value of the gift would be the deciding factor. The following were his own examples. A small gift 20 dollars or so from your grandmother ...
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Why don't we distribute Ma'aser Rishon or Ma'aser 'Ani nowadays?

To address your final paragraph: I understand that if I buy a Jaffa orange in the US, it's impractical and undesirable for me to try to bestow one of the segments on a local Levite or poor person. ...
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