Rabbi Dovid Genish
Giving Charity with a Smile
The reason that people tend to find it difficult to give charity with a smile is because there are so many requests for help and the giver feels he’s doing the recipient a favor, when in fact this is not a favor, nor a custom nor a nice idea – it’s a full-blown Torah mitzvah
Speaking Negatively for a Benefit
May one speak gossip in order to end a dispute? Is it permissible to speak negatively in order to save a victim of a crime? May one listen to gossip when verifying the reliability of a business partner?
Why We Cry Over the Destruction of the Temple
Why do the Jewish People continue mourning the destruction of the Temple for almost two millennia, while the nations of the world move on from their losses quickly?
What is considered indirect gossip? Learn about common forms of indirect gossip that come up daily
Should one take precautions when hearing gossip, in case the information is true? Is it permissible to accept gossip if it is well-known amongst the public?
Talking Positively about the Land of Israel
Laws regarding speaking negatively about those who have passed away, about the Land of Israel and other peoples possessions
Speaking Gossip to Close Relatives
Is it permissible to speak negatively about others to one's spouse, in order to get the issue off one's chest?
May one sell newspapers that contain gossip? Is it permissible to talk gossip in a joking manner?
How Serious is Gossiping?
Is it permissible to speak gossip in order to save one's job?
Repentance for Slander and Gossip
How should one repent for speaking slander or gossip about a fellow Jew?
Vowing to give Charity
Is it permissible to vow to give a donation to a charitable cause?
Charity - Mental Commitments
When is a person required to fulfill any mental commitments made to give charity?
Checking Eligibility to Receive Charity
Who is eligible to receive charity? If a person is in need of food or clothing immediately, no checking is necessary before giving him charity, but in any other situation we are required to check the eligibility of the recipient before giving him
What should be done in a situation where one has committed to giving charity to a certain cause, and it turns out that the money is no longer needed?