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Is there a prayer for wealth or prosperity?

One of the blessings in the Amidah is a request for success—namely monetary prosperity. So if you say the Amidah three times daily you are already...

What is the origin of the tradition to giving money to travelers?

Mrs. Tilles: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?Hamilton: what do you know about a tradition of giving money to travelers...

Obsessed with Giving

One of the most striking characteristics of the Jewish people was that, whenever they were asked, they gave. In the wilderness, when asked to contribute...

What is the traditional amount for a donation?

Rabbi Jacobson: Welcome to Askmoses. How can I be of help today?Brooklynite: What is the traditional amount of a donation? Is it 18? What does this mean...

How do I become a giving person?

Giving starts with truly caring about others. When you truly care about another, then automatically you will find yourself giving; both practically and...

What is the law when a poor person comes to my door?

The Jewish community structure today is very different than in the past. Charity used to be centralized. Every community had a "gabbai tzedokoh"...

What is the minimum amount one must give to charity?

1. Ten percent of a person's income must be given to charitable causes. A generous person (who can afford it...) can give away up to 20%. [See also...

What is maaser?

A. Maaser means “a tenth.” It’s based on the Hebrew word eser (pronounced EH-sehr), or ten. As a rule, it refers to donating ten...

Why do people give charity without getting repaid by G-d?

Rabbi Immanuel Schochet: Who says they do not get repaid? When you work you do not get your paycheck right away (unless you do piece/part work). Our work...

Why is there no blessing for giving charity?

Well if you’re putting charity into a charity box, you wouldn’t say a blessing because the mitzvah is not complete until the poor person gets...