January 31, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm #594660simchashachaimMember
Do you give cash/coins to the people on the subway?
Do you look at it as tzedaka or just trying to make a Kiddush Hashem? Or both?January 31, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm #734657yossi z.Member
Both for to give money to a poor goy is also tzeddoko (I just don’t think you can use maaser for it)January 31, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm #734658deiyezoogerMember
none of it, ok maybe a kiddush hashem.January 31, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm #734659ItcheSrulikMember
Tzedaka.January 31, 2011 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm #734660✡onegoal™Participant
Not a common practice for me but when I do it’s for the Kiddush Hashem aspect of it.
^MONIS^February 1, 2011 1:37 am at 1:37 am #7346612qwertyParticipant
If the person is really poor its tzedokah, and if you look Jewish its Kidush Hashem. You never know who else is watching you.February 1, 2011 2:22 am at 2:22 am #734662☕️coffee addictParticipant
The gemara in Gittin calls it darchei shalomFebruary 1, 2011 2:36 am at 2:36 am #734663TuvieMember
I believe panhandling on the subway is illegal. I don’t think giving is illegal (although MTA has signs up saying you shouldn’t give). Therefore I wonder if its a Kiddush Hashem to give on the subway although never asked a Rov.February 1, 2011 6:17 am at 6:17 am #734664simchashachaimMember
I guess the same question can be asked about those people who play (and attempt to play) instruments in the subway.
Do you give those people money?
Do you do that because of Kiddush Hashem/Tzedaka, or because you got Hana’ah out of it (i.e. you thought they were playing well)?February 1, 2011 6:53 am at 6:53 am #734665wanderingchanaParticipant
I was on the subway today and some guy walked the length of the car and gave a whole shpiel while everyone tried really hard not to make eye contact. I did feel bad for him. He was very polite…February 1, 2011 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm #734666TheGoqParticipant
Very often they say they are hungry if i have any food i sometimes give it to them once in awhile some money too, i find the “musicians” annoying so i dont give themFebruary 1, 2011 5:07 pm at 5:07 pm #734667charliehallParticipant
“Do you give cash/coins to the people on the subway?”
It is illegal even for established charities to solicit on the subway.February 1, 2011 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #734668SJSinNYCMember
Yossi, AYLOR. I was told giving to poor non-Jews is maaser. At least directly to the person – I have no idea if non-Jewish organizations would count or not count.February 1, 2011 6:49 pm at 6:49 pm #734669cherrybimParticipant
“Hello ladies and gentlemen, I just got out of jail and I’m living on the street cause i don’t like living in a shelter and I’m hungry and I don’t want to have to rob you so please give me whatever you got…a dollar, quarter or penny and gd bless you.”
That’s one nusach. There are many more.
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