August 9, 2010 2:19 pm at 2:19 pm #592122cookiesMember
Do i have to give to the peolple collecting in shul? The same people empty out there van 5 at once on the same day of the week every week, do i have to give each one or any??? is this real tsedaka?August 9, 2010 2:39 pm at 2:39 pm #692323HennyKMember
Yes you do!
but you dont have to give a lot, just give a quater to each guy.August 9, 2010 2:51 pm at 2:51 pm #692325Sister BearMember
No, you just have to give Tzedakah. It doesn’t matter to who.August 9, 2010 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #692326gavra_at_workParticipant
Unless they can prove to you that they meet the halachic definition of an Ani, and/or are “neeman” to collect for real Anyim, there is no reason to give them “tzedaka”. However, there is no need to be mean about it, and there is an exception to feeding an Ani, which should be done without checking (YD 251-10).
Halachicly, if you want to give to Aniyim, you are better off giving to a third party, preferably one which will help get Yiddin jobs. Better then that is to marry off Yesomos, or to pay tuition for limud torah, or support a shul (YD 249 15 & 16, also see Be’er Haytev).
There are halachos regarding how to give Tzedaka (starting in Yoreh Dayah Siman Resh Mem Zayin). You should also ask your Rav what you should do.
For example, your chiyuv to pay your children’s & grandchildren’s tuition comes before other tzedaka (YD 251-3).
End story, ask your Rav.August 10, 2010 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm #692327Sister BearMember
If you do decide to give them make sure their papers are dated properly. I was away somewhere for vacation and a women came up to me and my friends asking for tzedakah. A friend just gave her money while I read her paper which expired a year before. Did she really need the tzedakah? Could be. But do I have to give her then?August 10, 2010 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm #692328gavra_at_workParticipant
But do I have to give her then?
Short answer, no. That’s not to say you should not, that depends on the person asking, your status, as well as all the other Halachos in SA.
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