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Halacha - Maaser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:  

No, it should not. Ma'aser money must be used for Tzedaka, and not to purchase personal benefits or pay off obligations, even if they are religiously incurred.

While theoretically the Shul could declare that they are granting a free seat to anyone who makes a donation of x amount of dollars, this would certainly be evading the spirit of the law. Furthermore, ideally Ma'aser should be given specifically to indigent people, and not merely any worthy charitable institution.

May you have an abundance of Parnasa to cover all of your personal and charitable expenses, and a Kesiva v'Chasima Tova

posted:2012-09-03 15:17:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Maeser Money
Submitted by ruth  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer: Preferably, ma'aser should be given to poor people. However, it may be used for Chessed to benefit others, such as opening a lending Gemach of various items.
posted:2011-04-12 13:50:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Maaser
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

As you mentioned the Halachos are very complex, so I will be a little vague in my answers for the sake of brevity.

1) It is a machlokes, but generally accepted as something that must be done when one is obligated according to Halacha.

2) If giving ma'aser would prevent one from paying a loan he owes, the loan has priority.

3) Someone who cannot afford basic necessities may be exempt from the mitzva of Ma'aser Kesafim.

In all these issues your Rav must be consulted regarding specific Halacha l'Maaseh.

posted:2010-04-16 08:29:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - tsedekah
Submitted by charlie  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

There is no obligation in Halacha to give found money to tzedaka, according to the letter of the law you may keep it for yourself. However, giving the money to charity is a win-win proposition because you get credit for giving money that belongs to you to tzedaka and the person who lost the money also receives credit for enabling your donation.

It is impossible for a human to know exactly how much credit he receives from Hashem for a mitzva, but we know that the reward is based on the challenge that was overcome. Presumable it is easier to give away money you found (easy come, easy go) than money you earned. Still the money is legally yours and you are giving your money to tzedaka.

posted:2008-10-17 11:21:42  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Ma'aser on large gifts
Submitted by DYL  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question:
Answer:

It is not necessary to take maaser on a gift designated for a specific purpose if this will undermine the purpose of the gift. Had the relaive given you an actual vehicle you would not be obligated to give 1/10 of its cash value to Tzedaka, and this is considered the same.

posted:2008-09-03 08:34:31  (0) comments   email to a friend


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