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Question No. 608
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted 5 Dec 2004
The Question If ones parents give him a few dollars to buy some food is he allowaed to give some of it to tzedaka if he forgot to ask? Is it appropriate to ask? What is the halacha in general about assuming a person wants to do a mitzvah(borrowing a persons teffilin without permission etc.) Does the gemarah in pesachim 4b have any relevance? —Anonymous, New york
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Question No. 454
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question If I decided in my mind to donate an object to tzedakah, but now would like to keep it for myself, am I bound by my original decision. Similarly if I set aside money to purchase a new pair of tefilin, & now would like to change my mind, am I bound to my original commitment? T. Nathan, New York
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Question No. 437
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted 6 Jun 2004
The Question A few weeks ago I was walking past a bank and saw some cash hanging out of an ATM. No one was around so I took it. 2 minutes later i passed by again and noticed a man withdrawing money. He resembled someone I think I had seen earlier across the street. Later I felt guilty I didn't check this was the owner. I therefore gave most of the money to tzedaka, as there was no way of confirming the owner. Did I need to feel guilty or was a case of YEUSH. I reasoned that if I didn't take it, the money would be taken by someone else within minutes. Please clarify what I should have done and if I acted correctly. Anonymous
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Question No. 340
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted Early 2004
The Question If I see a beggar smoking, may I refrain from giving him tzedaka since he uses the money to buy cigarettes? Moshe Peretz Mann. Eretz Yisrael
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Question No. 196
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted Early 2003
The Question Does the mitzva of tzedaka, or indeed any mitzva, have monetary value? Should we be ashamed to give a few paltry cents to someone collcting tzedaka for fear of them refusing and/or throwing back the money? Or should one keep the money and not bother? Adrian Kelaty, Beit Shemesh
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Question No. 117
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question The Rav shlita said "e-mail Spamming for Tzedakah was wrong" (question 43). My question- since we assume a Yid is happy for Mitzvah and Chesed opportunity (like i can use Tefilin and/or a sefer w/o permission) why should this be different? Sholom ubrocha vkol hakovod. Dovid Sandel, NYC, NY
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Question No. 43
Category Tzedaka (Laws of Charity)
Date Posted Late 2002
The Question Is it okay to 'Spam' email addresses of people you don't know to ask them to donate to a Tzedakah that you are collecting for? Sholom Rothman, Far Rockaway, NY An addition to this question; There was an email list I belonged to where the woman disclosed the email addresses of the subscribers by accident. She was very worried because of the halachic issues involved and had to speak to a Rav b/c of the gezel hadaat that people could do by making use of private email addresses they were not entitled to use. Naturally, there was nothing she could do to fix it besides pleading with all people on the list not to commit gezel hadaat or any of the other possible misdoings that are possible with people's email addresses. In addition, I pay for my minutes on the Internet, and it is not right for someone to cause me whatever extra time that I am needing to pay for, no matter what the cause.
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