Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Piskei Tshuvos: Ma'os Chitim For Expensive Matza?
The Rema brings (OC 429) that there is a minhag to distribute Chitim for matza before Pesach.  This is an obligation on every person living in the city.  What happens if the poor person decides he needs Matzos with all the hidurim and chumros which are very expensive, must the tzibur come up with the money for this?

The Piskei Tshuvos brings from the Pischei Tshuva that it is possible that they are not obligated to pay for the extra expense.  However if the poor person is a Ben Torah or he always bought this kind of matza then the tzibur is obligated to pay the extra amount.

Today when the minhag is to raise money for all the needs of Pesach and not just Matzos, says the Piskei Tshuvos, you must provide for the poor in an honorable and generous fashion just like distinguished and more fortunate people.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation.  Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.