Maaser Sheni (Second Tithe) What is the second tithe all about? Is the term derived from rabbinic sources, or is it used in the Torah? The Aish Rabbi Replies: Imagine being commanded to take 10% of your profits to Jerusalem, where there you must spend all of it on food that your heart desires – whether lamb chops, pickles, coca cola, or tofu …
This is colloquially called tzedakah (charity), which Maimonides lists charity as one of the 613 mitzvahs. Maaser Ani, or the “Poor tithe,” is an obligation to set aside 10% of produce grown in Israel for the poor (Deuteronomy 14:28).
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Jewish law is determined through an exacting process of metaphysical science, handed down from Sinai. It is God’s will that there exist a certain degree of uniformity in Jewish practices, as well as in the interpretation of the Law. It is thus written, “There shall be one Torah and one law for you …
Take a little more than 1% of each species. Place it in a plastic bag, which should be touching the pile. Ideally, the quantity of each tithe is calculated by weight, but it is valid if done through volume or number.
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The “new year for trees” has a special set of meaningful customs. Tu B’Shvat appears in the Talmud (Rosh Hashanah 2a) as one of the four “new years” in the Jewish calendar: “Beit Hillel says that the ‘new year for the trees’ is the 15th of Shevat – Tu B’Shvat.” The custom on Tu …
Kosher Slaughtering. 1. Shechita. Besides being from a kosher species, kosher meat requires that the animal/bird be slaughtered in the manner prescribed by the Torah (Shechita). (Fish do not have this requirement.) In this procedure, a trained kosher slaughterer (shochet) severs the trachea and esophagus of the animal with a special razor-sharp …
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In earlier times, it was the custom already from Tu B’Av to use as one’s greeting “May your inscription and seal be for good” (ketiva vahatima tova), the same blessing that we today use on Rosh Hashana.
In Mishnaic times Tu B’Shvat was only a tax date. A legal date regulating tithing and other agricultural obligations, such as Bikkurim (first fruits), Orlah, Maaser and Teruma, that needed to be separated before Jews could eat produce that grew in Israel.The tithed fruit was distributed and eaten by the poor, the Levites and the Priests.
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This video reveals how giving charity is the ultimate way to change both ourselves and the world around us. Through interviews with successful business-people, an in-depth look at ancient sources, and practical discussions of the laws, Rabbi Dan Roth inspires us to reach higher and give more.
I’m trying to get clarity on whether it is considered a mitzvah to live in Israel. Should a believing Jew live in Israel, or are other countries equally compatible with a Jewish life? The Land of Israel is central to Judaism. It is an intrinsic part of the covenant that God promised to Abraham and …
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Bernard Hochstein had one sure-fire method: give away your hard-earned money to charity. Bernard Hochstein, a man fondly described as “larger than life,” lived by his lofty principles and inspired others to do the same. At the age of 96, he returned his soul to its Maker, and his rich legacy is an …
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