Sunday, March 16, 2008

Matanot laEvyonim: No Background Checks on Purim


We have been learning about Purim.

Regarding the Mitzvah of giving to the needy on Purim: One should not examine people who come requesting money on Purim; one should give without any background check.

[This is most unusual; giving tzedakah usually requires that we ascertain the neediness of the recipient. However, this is not like the usual mitzvah of tzedakah.]

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 694:2)

Have a great day,

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