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On "Shrub is burning in Kotzk" (סנה בוער בקוצק), The Kotzker also gives the answer to his still-shocked teacher: "The Israelites did tzadaka (charity) with Da'at (knowledge)"


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I can think of two ways that one could have fulfilled the mitzvah of tzedaka back then. If one knew someone who needed to travel away from where klal yisroel was encamped and since the manna would have spoiled the next day (and they wouldn't get manna where one was travelling on the way) so giving them some money would be considered tzedaka see shulchan ...


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R Avrohom Chaim Feuer has an entire chapter in his book The tzedakah treasury (pp. 406ff) regarding donations to non-Jews. He writes We provide financial support to the gentile poor (Gittin 61a, YD 151:12) [...] [R Pesach Feinhandler in] Responsa Avenei Yashpei (YD 1:193) maintains that one may deduct charitable donations to non-Jews from his maaser ...


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A late Hungarian rabbi wrote the following in his memoir about his stay in the United States of the 1950s (pp. 264–276): As we entered the flat [...], a man of a small stature sat on a low chair, around the age of 35. [...] He spoke English with a very heavy accent, it was difficult to understand his words. [...] It turned out that he was collecting for a ...


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I saw somewhere that the Gerrer Rebbe also asks this question. He answer that there is a Midrash that the Manna tasted like whatever one imagined. Many Israelites in Egypt had experienced a limited repertoire of foods. So those who had eaten an unusual food could share their recollections. In a way they gave charity. Which shows us that charity is not only ...


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Talmud: Bava Metzia 71a איכא דמתני לה להא דרב הונא אהא דתני רב יוסף (שמות כב, כד) אם כסף תלוה את עמי את העני עמך עמי ונכרי עמי קודם עני ועשיר עני קודם ענייך ועניי עירך ענייך קודמין עניי עירך ועניי עיר אחרת עניי עירך קודמין There are those who teach that which Rav Huna said in connection with that which Rav Yosef taught: The verse states: “If you lend money ...


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Are you talking about giving to institutions, causes, campaigns, etc., or only to the non-Jewish poor? I don't know about the former. About the latter, charity must be given to the non-Jewish poor ‘in the interests of peace’. [Gittin 59b, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 151:12] Mishnah in Gittin 59b: The following rules were laid down in the interests of peace.....


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Why should he be rewarded when he stole the money in the first place. The Pirkei D’Reb Eliezer 50 says אומר פנחס רבי שני עשי רים היו לפנים בעולם ,קרח בישראל והמן בשושן . .שלקח כל אוצרות מלכי יהודה ואת כל הקדשים קדשי אוצרות ,that Haman got his wealth from looting the treasury of the Kings of Judah, and from all the treasuries of the Kodesh Hakedoshim. On a ...


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I don't think we find anywhere that he was rewarded. (As always, it is hard to bring sources for a negative) When the money was used for these purposes, Haman was already dead. It was really Mordechai who inherited Haman who used the money for positive purposes.


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You're probably thinking of Kesubos 68a: היינו דאמר רבי אלעזר בואו ונחזיק טובה לרמאין שאלמלא הן היינו חוטאין בכל יום שנאמר (דברים טו, ט) וקרא עליך אל ה' והיה בך חטא This is what Rabbi Elazar said: Come and let us appreciate the swindlers who ask for charity that they do not need, because were it not for them, who command our attention and receive our ...


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While not directly answering this question, there is an incident recorded in R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai's diary that shows that the gematria of the sum of charity was taken to be significant. Once you have that premise, it is not a huge leap to specifically the value of chai, as I think most people would readily acknowledge "life" to be the the ...


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