Question:

My wife and I have been scrupulous in paying 10% to maaser for some time, however, this maaser has been at the expense of repaying debt for a student loan which we obtained from a family member- What is the priority in repayment, repaying our debt or giving maaser?

Answer:

The priority is to pay off your debts first. You should still give some tzedakah, but the priority is to first take care of debts.

Sources:

Sefer Chasidim 454 brought in Tzedakah Umishpat 1-8.

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