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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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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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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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Would there be any maaser derabbanan on hydroponically grown plants?

The Star-K cites an argument about this between Rs Tzvi Pesach Frank and Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky. For extensive discussion, see Derekh Emunah (Terumot 2:1 Beiur Halacha sv Ochel).
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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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Doesn't maaser go to the poor?

The rabbinate is actually doing its best to not impose at all. There are many tithes separated from produce in Israel and the rabbinate, in certifying that given produce is kosher (if requested to do ...
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Rav Moshe and Giving Your Time for Charity

I have spent time over several days unsuccessfully trying to locate my copy of "Eye of the Needle" (which incidentally I see is recommended in the link you provided) but in the index there is a copy ...
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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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More Maaser and Tax Math

That is one reason that many people calculate the gross ma'aser as after withholding and then count any income tax refund as "income" for the purpose of ma'aser after the tax has been paid. Thus, the ...
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Am I obligated to give maaser if

Welcome to J.SE; we prefer broader questions, but let's speak in more general terms. and I promised Hashem that I will give maaser on any and all income that I receive, because it is a required ...
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Tzedakah vs. Maaser

Technically, ma'aser is the obligation in the Torah to give a tenth from animals and certain crops. Tzedakah is the obligation to support the poor and does not have a fixed amount. Nowadays, people (...
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Ma'aser on Inheritance

The sources that I have seen would consider the inheritance as income. For example, someone gives a gift from money that had paid ma'aser on it. This is still considered complete income, because you ...
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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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Doesn't maaser go to the poor?

You are talking about terumah or trumas ma'aser which cannot be eaten nowadays because it must be kept in a state of tahara (ritual purity). Thanks to @DannySchoemann for the correction. Since ...
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Tzedakah and Maaser - one obligation or two?

You can give Tzedakah with Maaser money, as long you don't have an obligation to give that Tzedakah. Example: Someone got an Aliya. The cost of the Aliya was $180. He is not permited to deduct it from ...
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Source for Maaser Money

See מעשר כספים on the Hebrew Wikipedia. The earliest sources for giving away 1/10th of one's profits is from Avraham and Yaakov. Avraham, as it says (Breishit 14:20): וַיִּתֶּן־ל֥וֹ מַעֲשֵׂ֖ר ...
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Best way to destroy (maaser sheni) coins

According to this site there are 2 ways to take care of Biyur Maaser Sheni coins. Destroy the coin to the point where it is no longer legal tender. You could bend it out of shape, shave off the face ...
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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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More Maaser and Tax Math

I don't know whether my answer describes real situation — it is an idealized model. Firstly, you get income. Based on this, let us define: base Ma'aser income, , based on which Ma'aser is paid. It ...
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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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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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