Can I use Maaser money to give Matanos L’evyonim on Purim? Or beyond Matanos L’evyonim can I give Tzeddakah on Purim from Maaser?
Every person is required to give gifts or money of at least a nominal sum to two poor people on Purim. The obligation can be fulfilled through any type of gift: money, food or clothing.
The gifts should be worth at least a Perutah (approximately five cents). That is the minimum requirement; it is proper to give more. Giving to the poor further demonstrates the spirit of unity among the Jewish people.
The minimum amount of Matanos L’evyonim must be given from money that is not set aside for Maaser. The rest may come from Maaser.
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