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Giving maaser to a parent

Question:

My parents who are elderly have a major problem that requires an exterminator… They don’t have money and are trying homemade products to try to get rid of their problem to avoid an exterminator. Would I be able to pay a professional using maaser money?

Answer:

You can definitely use maaser money. In fact giving maaser to a needy parent is from the highest forms of tzedakah, and they are practically the first people one the list to be given one’s tzedakah.

Tizku L’mitzvos.

Sources:

Y:D 251-3.

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