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Giving Tzedakah on Condition of Personal Benefit

Rav Baruch Fried Case: Reuven was in the middle of working out a complex business deal that had the potential of earning him a large profit. He happened to receive a correspondence about a tzedakah organization that seemed impressive and…

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Backing Out of a Tzedakah Commitment

Rav Baruch Fried Question: Somebody decides to give a certain amount of money to a specific organization. Later, he has second thoughts and wants to either give it elsewhere or not give it at all. Is he allowed to renege…

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Extra Tzedakah Money

Rav Baruch Fried Question: An individual organized a fundraising event for a very specific cause. He needed to raise a certain amount of money to cover the costs of this cause. When he counted the proceeds, he realized he had…

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Lost Ma’aser Money

Rav Baruch Fried Question: Reuven had an envelope full of ma’aser money that he planned on disbursing to the tzedakah collectors in his shul. Somehow, he accidentally misplaced the money; is he responsible to replace it?   Answer: There is a…

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Using Ma’aser Money to Write Off a Loan

Rav Baruch Fried Question: Reuven lends money to Shimon and he knows that Shimon is poor and cannot repay the loan. Reuven wants to forgive the loan and deduct the amount he was owed from his ma’aser account. Can he…

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Prepaying Ma’aser

Rav Baruch Fried Case: Reuven has a business and usually takes off ma’aser at the end of each year. This year, he made a very profitable deal that netted him a large profit. Question: He wants to designate all this…

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