[Avodah] economics 101

Lisa Liel lisa at starways.net
Fri Jan 11 05:47:37 PST 2013

Okay, how about someone who works for a day school that pays horribly.  
Far, far, far below what even other day schools pay, let alone public 
schools.  Can a person take the difference between what they make and 
what they'd make elsewhere as tzedaka?

On 1/10/2013 6:19 PM, Akiva Miller wrote:
> R' Ben Waxman asked:
>> So would the rules of tzedaqa apply? If I spend 300 shekels
>> on groceries in the TC's store, and the same groceries would
>> cost me 200 shekels in Rami Levi, does this mean that I spent
>> 100 shekels on tzedaqa that could be applied to my chiyuv?
> I can't imagine why not, presuming that the TC's prices are truly above the market rate. If his prices are in line with what the expensive stores charge, then I am less sure. But even there, if you've established a pattern of avoiding the expensive stores, then I can certainly see the possibility.
> In fact, rather than question whether this is tzedaka at all, I could argue that it is the ideal form of tzedaka, giving him a parnasa.

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