What is more proper? To give Matanas L’evyonim before Purim to be distributed on Purim, or to give Matanas L’evyonim on Purim to be distributed after Purim.
Another pertinent question is if you give Matanas L’evyonim on Purim day (or even within a day or so beforehand) with a credit card or check, the funds will not clear (or be taken out of your banking account) in time for use on Purim by the ani. Thus, were you yotze Matanas L’evyonim?
And re: the question in the OP, if you gave the Matanas L’evyonim with the “improper” method (from the two choices in the OP), were you yotze?
Also a reminder: it is proper that you should spend more on Matanas L’evyonim than you do on Mishloach Manos. (This point is sometimes forgotten.)
It looks like everyone is to busy with their mishloach monos to think about matonas levyonim!!
In Lieu of Mishloach Manos,I paid my Con Ed bill.
Since you ask:
A check has the din of a shtar (which is why someone who bounces a check is Pasul for Edus, due to Shtar Mezuyaf). A shtar according to many opinions has the din of Kesef (although not for Keddushin, see Rishonim there why). As such, if you give it directly to the Ani, it is giving Kesef. If you give it to the Rov and he gives out on Purim against the check, that will also be good.
maybe we don’t talk about it so much, we just do..”Emor m’at ve’aseh harbay”
So that’s a check; what’s the matzif if you use a credit card?
And (even if you use cash) should you give it to a Rov before Purim to distribute on Purim, or you give it to a Rov on the day of Purim but it gets distributed afterwards?
While the CR hotly debates the above questions that remain still unanswered after over two days of significant input, allow me please to pose 2 additional related questions:
If I give a Rov a $100 bill to distribute as Matanas L’evyonim, can I be yotze giving 2 aniyam Matanas L’evyonim? (Even though it is possible the Rov may give the $100 to one person or he may give it to more than one. He may even deposit it, and later distribute from combined funds.)
Can a person give the Rov one Matanas L’evyonim sum and have in mind for it to cover both his and his wife’s Matanas L’evyonim obligations?