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Maaser for hospital donations


Dear Rabbi,

My brother is fundraising money to help support Shaare Zedek hospital. Can I use my maser money for a donation to this hospital?

Many thanks in advance!


It depends on the reason for the donation. Sharei Tzedek Hospital is B”H very successful, and they get a lot of government help. Therefore it is hard to see why they would have a need to fundraise. However if the money is going for a new wing, something that is very costly, then it would be considered tzedakah.

Best Wishes


Heard from R’ Y. Feinhandler, author of B’orach Tzedakah

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