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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 there a prohibition to eat produce before bikkurim (first fruits) have been separated?

Let's not forget the next prohibition on the Rambam's list (#154): The 154th prohibition is that we are forbidden from giving the agricultural gifts out of order; rather, we must give them in the ...
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Are there still those who obey the mitzvah of Ma'aser Behemah?

The Mitzva applies in all places and at all times, even today and even outside of Israel. (Bechorot 9:1) However, since nowadays we can't offer the animals as Korbanot and we'd have to wait for the ...
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Redeeming maaser sheini on paper money

See Chazon Ish (D’mai 3:12) proves that modern coins may be used even though they have no intrinsic value, and offers a possible explanation as to why that logic does not apply to paper money which ...
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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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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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Why don't we distribute Ma'aser Rishon or Ma'aser 'Ani nowadays?

R Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz (Chazon Ish Shevi'it 5:12) writes that were we to give Maaser Rishon nowadays to Leviyim on the basis that they claim the Levi Aliya in Shul, more people would lie and ...
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Does someoene have to give ma'aser from scholarship grants or unemployment insurance?

When I received unemployment insurance, I took out ma'aser. One of the reasons is that even an ani who gets tzedaka is required to give ma'aser from that tzedakah. I keep a virtual quicken account to ...
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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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Parents who don't want children to take ma'aser from gift

Number 1 ( Agree to the parents' request and don't give ma'aser ). That's what Rabbi Dovid Feinstein told me. The reason he gave for this was that it is a present with a stipulation. He also said ...
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What is the minimum income/savings for someone to give or receive ma'aser money?

Rabbi David Feinstein rules that Maaser ksafim only comes into play after one pays all of his living expenses, including food rent tuition clothing etc. Whatever money is put away as extra is subject ...
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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 you redeem ma'aser sheni using a $5 bill — even though burning it will enrich your countrymen?

A) One can only redeem Ma'aser Sheini on coins - that is well codified, starting with the Mishna, all the way through to the Shulchan Aruch. Bank notes are not coins, and do not qualify. To quote ...
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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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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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Does a poor person have to give Maaser?

About 10 Years ago, I asked a similar question to a posek by the name of Rabbi Yonasan Wiener in Jerusalem and he replied "if you can't make ends meet, you're not obligated in maaser." However, I ...
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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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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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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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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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