The Rabbi's Reply To Robert Sanders:
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2005 7:41 AM
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Subject: Re: TithesFrom: "Ohr Somayach" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 22:36:43 +0200
Subject: (Fwd) Inquiry form from the OHR.edu site
There is no longer an obligation to support the Levites and Priests as they are no longer working in the Temple. Rabbis are normally supported by the contributions of their congregants through their Synagogue membership.
In general regular charity is a commandment that is incumbent on everyone and it teaches us the very important lesson that the money we control has been entrusted to us by G-d. One should not make the mistaken assumption that if a person works for his money then he has "earned" it and it belongs to him without any preconditions. Rather, whatever money we have has been granted to us by G-d and we must prove ourselves worthy of being the recipients of it. Therefore, we take some of our "hard earned cash" and give it to those that are less fortunate then ourselves.
Best regards from Jerusalem,
Rabbi Reuven Lauffer
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