Question: When a stranger approaches a congregant in shul asking for tzedakah, should the congregant verify that the person’s need is genuine? Furthermore, what constitutes tzedakah? Is a donation to a synagogue, yeshiva, or hospital considered tzedakah?
Leibel met his long-time friend Chaim three days before Yom Kippur. After wishing each other a G’mar chasimah tovah, Leibel asked Chaim, “How do you do kapparos?” “What do you mean?” replied Chaim. “I follow the machzor.” “That’s not what I meant,” laughed Leibel. “Do you use money or a chicken?” “I use money,” replied […]