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Ten Minute Halacha - Matanos L'Evyonim

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Feb 21, 2010
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14 min 24 sec
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Series: Ten Minute Halacha

Venue: DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys

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Purim 

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  1. Title: Don’t investigate Bank Account
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    According to the Yerushalmi (Megillah, perek 1, halachah 4) and this is brought in the Shulchan Aruch (Orach Chaim 694:3), one does not investigate the financial situation of a person before giving them matanos l’evyonim, but one should give it to anyone who puts out their hand. Needless to say, it is at least morally wrong for a person who is not poor to go around on Purim with a cupped hand, since in this way one could deprive genuine poor people of matanos l’evyonim.

  2. Title: Matanos L'evyonim from Schnorrers
    Author: Chaim Simons ,

    On Purim the proper way is to give each of two evyonim an honourable amount of money or food so that they can celebrate Purim with great enjoyment. But unfortunately there are schnorrers in this world who want to get away with the minimum! According to the Ritva, one fulfils the mitzvah by giving just one pruta to each evyon. (Mishnah Berurah 694:1) A super schnorrer might want to go further and give his pruta “al m’nat l’hachzir”, namely, on condition that the evyon returns this pruta! Is such a condition valid? The poskim hold that one cannot make such a condition with mishloach manos, but they are not sure about it with matanos l'evyonim. (first Biur Halachah to Orach Chaim chapter 694) Let us hope that this discussion is theoretical and every evyon will have a Happy Purim.

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