From the Rav’s Desk: Buying books using Maaser money

  1. Question: [Tuesday, 19th Mar Cheshvan, 5781]

May one use Maaser money to buy Torah books for me or for my children or my wife?



Yes, you may purchase Torah books using maaser money if you would not be able to afford purchasing these Torah books otherwise and would thereby not by the books if you can’t use the Meiser money. If you do buy books from Maaser you should write in it that they were bought with Maaser money and you must also agree to lend them out to people if they ask and treat them as if they are by you in a public library and you are the librarian.

Sources: See Shach 249/3; Taz 249/1; Maharshal; Derisha 249/1; Maharam Menachem 459; Pischeiy Teshuvah 249/2; Likkutei Sichos 9/346; Toras Menachem 34/272 Hilchos Maaser Kesafim 15 Tzedaka Umishpat 6/9

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