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amother




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Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:04 am
When people offer to buy others clothing, food, etc on this site, is maaser used?
I never know if I can offer
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amother




DarkMagenta
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:05 am
If the person is struggling financially, yes!
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amother




Blonde
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:11 am
I don’t know if it IS, but it certainly CAN BE, assuming you believe the claims. And if you don’t you wouldn’t be giving, right?
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Crookshanks




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:41 am
As long as a person is struggling financially you can use maaser to buy things for them.(psak given to me by my Lakewood Rav)
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southernbubby




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:47 am
There is a difference between giving a gift for social reasons and helping someone in need. It's often better to supply specific things rather than to give money that might get misspent.
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amother




Razzmatazz
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:50 am
I was told I can use maaser to buy things for someone struggling financially, as long as the items were considered “necessities”

Food, clothing, etc

But not for example, a spa certificate or something just to “cheer them up”

But that’s what I was told by my own rav, so AYLOR
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mommy3b2c




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 12:57 am
The first 10% of your income you give to tzedaka is maasar. So of course it’s maaser. Unless you already gave 10% and then you are giving extra tzedaka. I’m not sure I understand the question ?
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Crookshanks




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Oct 17 2021, 7:35 am
amother [ Razzmatazz ] wrote:
I was told I can use maaser to buy things for someone struggling financially, as long as the items were considered “necessities”

Food, clothing, etc

But not for example, a spa certificate or something just to “cheer them up”

But that’s what I was told by my own rav, so AYLOR

That's funny, because I was told by my Rav you can also buy special things to 'cheer them up' as long as they're financially suffering. "Eilu v'eilu"
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