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The only way of asking it back is to prove that it was given on a condition. You basically ask whether the giving was conditioned or not. I assume that the Chazakah (the normal state of affairs) is that people give Tzedakah unconditionally, and we do follow the principle of "the burden of proof is on the plaintiff", so one who wants his money back needs to ...


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Halachically spoken he doesn't need to give it back. Mishna Pea 8.8 היו לו מאתים חסר דינר, אפילו אלף נותנין לו כאחת, הרי זה יטול. היו ממושכנין לבעל חובו או לכתובת אשתו, הרי זה יטול.‏ Sota 21b: What is the cunning rogue like? ... R`Abbahu says: He who gives a poor man a denar to bring his possessions to the total of two hundred zuz; for we have ...


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