Friday, March 18, 2016

Giving the Zecher Lemehatzit Hashekel From Maaser

Giving the Zecher Lemehatzit Hashekel From Maaser
Day: Friday
Date: March 18, 2016
Parshat: Vayikra, Zachor
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 692

The money for the zecher lemahatzit hashekel should be given to institutions of Torah and to Yeshivot. Since the time the Bet Hamikdash was destroyed Hashem's only "place" in this world is in places of Torah and Halacha. May we see the Bet Hamikdash rebuilt soon in our days and may we all have the merit to give the mahatzit hashekel itself, and not have to resort to only giving the zecher (remembrance) to the mahatzit hashekel. One who normally separates Maaser (tithes) from his income may not give the required amount of the zecher lemahatzit hashekel, or of the matanot le'evyonim, from Maaser money. If he wants he can give the minimum required amount from his own money and then add to it from Maaser money. If when he separates his Maaser he always says that he does not intend for this to become a neder or a requirement for him, then he may fund these mitzvot from Maaser money if he is undergoing financial hardship.

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