Acquiring a Merit in Torah

Question: Can one pay a Torah scholar a substantial sum of money in order to acquire a portion in all of the Torah he has studied thus far? Answer: Indeed, included in the Mitzvah of Torah study and Tzedakah is the great Mitzvah of financially supporting Torah scholars, especially the needy among them, so that they may continue their holy work amid peace and tranquility. Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef zt”l spent … Continue reading Acquiring a Merit in Torah

“Confessions of a Tzaddik”

I have to confess, I’m great. Certainly an unusual sentence, but no more jarring than the phrase Chazal use to describe the ceremony at the beginning of this week’s parshah. When offering ma’aser, a special formula is to be recited; this recitation is referred to by chazal with the term vidui ma’aser (see Sotah 32b; Megilah 20b). This phrase seems out of place. Vidui is … Continue reading “Confessions of a Tzaddik”