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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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Taking Tzedakah Money To Sit & Learn

Rav Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad Question: We have stated that one should avoid taking tzedakah if he has the option of supporting himself. Today, there are thousands of people learning in Kollel. Many of them are supported by the…

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Is Giving Anonymously Always Best?

Rav Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad Case: Reuven is a successful businessman who donates generously to many worthy causes, including the yeshiva he learned by as a bochur. The yeshiva’s fundraiser meets with Reuven one day and urges him to…

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The Maximum Amount of Chomesh

Rav Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad Question: Is it true that a person is not permitted to give more than one-fifth of his income to tzedakah?   Answer: The Gemara says one shouldn’t give more than a chomesh (20% of his…

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Using Ma’aser Money For a Loan

Rav Dovid Grossman, Rosh Bais HaVaad Question: I know of a poor man who I feel has the potential to start a business and become self-sufficient. May I use my ma’aser money to give him a loan to enable him…

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