What is " Kimcha d'Pischa " (Passover Funds) + Can I Use Maaser Money?
Today we're gonna be discussing the custom of , also known as mo, which is customary. The residents to dis distribute money to the local poor and needy before the days of Pesak. Literally, is translated as the flower for Pesak, which is for the mats that people would bake. The original custom is sourced. In the Tama Shami and is brought down in regarding what it used to be is there used to be a tax on the city residence given by the city that each person, according to their means would have to, uh, donate flour so that the poor people would have enough matza to last them for the Holy Yu of, of
Nowadays where we no longer have the ability to tax residents of the city, it has become just a Minh hug to continue and take care of the. In the. Of the cities also. Originally the minhag was to give wheat and they would go take that wheat and make it to flour and bake mat sauces. Then the minhag became just giving the flour itself where they would even make matas.
The post can bring that nowadays, since most people don't even bake their own mats in their own homes, so the the minhag is to actually give readymade mat sauces or give money to them so that they can go out and buy them post. Can do, bring that the minimum. Is to give them the mats to cover their yo uh, for the whole yo.
However, the best thing to do is actually help them cover all their expenses for Pesak. Cuz we all know there are many more expenses on peoc of just the mats as well. Now again, like we are speaking and saying that it used to be a forced tax, but nowadays since it is become a customary and it's not an obligation, so therefore a person would also be able to use their micer money to give towards.
because like we discussed earlier, uh, on , that's an obligation. We said for the core obligation, you can't use your micer money, but if it's something that's not an obligation, you would be able to. So over here, like we're saying, since it's become a minho and it's no longer an obligation, then a person is allowed to use their micer money now.
The person should give it to their local, uh, needy to take care of their own community first, as dictated by the regular precedents of Takah, the of who gets first a person to gift, to take care of himself, then to his close family, and then, and then so on and to his local city before he goes to other cities.
So in this case also as well, a person should try and distribute to his. Needy before going out to other cities as well. They do say that if a person is gonna be traveling for Pesak, they should distribute their funds before they travel as well. The postgame do say that it is a good idea that the money should be distributed in advance of Peoc, and I personally know from other people that I've spoken to is that they say that when they get the money 10 minutes before yo or a day before, yo, there's not so much they can do without money.
They need the. A few days in a, uh, in advance, a week, two weeks in advance, they could properly go out and spend the money and properly prepare for yo. does bring over here that in regards why on Pesak, we specifically made this, uh, collection more than other and he says over here is that it could be that by Pesak more than other is cuz it's a time of freedom and we sit lying down each person in his family with lots of
It's not the cover of that the poor people should be starving and thirsty and therefore we give them the. For the whole amount of peoc that they could have freedom of their mind, that they could enjoy the whole pe and speak about etk. There is a well known rambam in, he brings over here after he discusses, uh, giving sweets and, uh, seeds, nuts for the kids.
The women should buy attractive clothing and jewelry according to their needs. The men should. Eat meat and drink wine. There's no happiness without partaking of meat and wine he brings. After that. He says that a person who eats and drinks in celebration of the holiday, he is obligated to feed the converts orphans, widows and others are destitute and poor.
In contrast, a person who locks the gate of his courtyard and eats and drinks with his children and his wife without feeding the poor and the embittered is not rejoicing associated with a mitzvah. Rather, he's rejoicing with his stomach, so therefore it is incumbent upon. To try and fulfill this mitzvah properly in the best way, and we should all have a wonderful