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Tithing Terumah to Kohen & the Levite's Priestly Tithe

Sefer HaMitzvot: Day 126

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Anonymous USA June 13, 2013

Sefer Hamitzvot: Day126 Dear Rabbi Kaplan, thank you for your reply. I do not have a local Orthodox Rabbi. I have not been accepted yet as a Sephardic Jewess. Although it is my dream to some day be a part of the congregation of Israel. Meanwhile, I am learning as much as I can. Thank you so much for your kindness. I, very much, appreciate it. Reply

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan Thornhill, Ontario June 12, 2013

Tithes outside of Israel? the commandment discussed is about giving special tithes from produce that grows from the ground as elaborated in this mini lecture. Giving tithes of one's earnings is ( according to almost all opinions) a rabbinic injunction that reflects the aforementioned but is not limited by its legal technicalities. Simply stated the obligation to give of one's earnings applies in every time and every place equally. As far as specific Halacha ( legal Judaism) questions – I respectfully refer you to your local Orthodox Rabbi… Reply

Anonymous USA June 10, 2013

Sefer HaMitzvot: Day 126 Dear Rabbi Kaplan, as I heard your lecture on the Mitzvot commanded by Hashem, blessed be He, It applies only in Israel. I thought we were to give tithes from our earnings even here in USA. I grew up in another religion, and were taught to give tithes from our earnings to the church. As per "their" teachings, it is commanded by G-d from the Holy Scriptures. I did. Now learning otherwise, I am very surprised. Would you be kind as to elaborate on this subject now that I have return to my roots of Judaism? I would really appreciate it so much. I find myself in financial difficulty this day, and feel very uncomfortable for not being able to give as much as I used to give. Thank you for your kindness, I appreciate your teachings very much. Thank you. Reply

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan studies the daily lesson in Maimonides' Sefer HaMitzvos according to the daily study cycle completing all 613 commandments in the course of just under a year.
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