Section: Tzedaka Category: Lessons in Tzedoka
|Parshas Emor: Rav Chaim of Volozhin - Giving Tzedoka Like A Goy|
The Mishulach of the famed Volozhin Yeshiva came to a potential donor who was willing to give a donation. However he refused to give it to the Mishulach and insisted on sending directly to Rav Chaim Volozhin. Along with the donation he wrote to Rav Chaim that the money can only be used to benefit the Yeshiva and the Mishulach may not get a percentage of the money.
Rav Chaim read the letter and promptly sent the money back. He wrote to the donor that this is the way a Goy give tzedaka. The non-Jew only gives directly to his god, while a Yid is happy to let others benefit from his money.
We see this in Parshas Emor, wrote Rav Chaim. When the Torah discusses the Korban of a non-Jew (Emor 22:18) it says "Asher Yakrivu Lashem L'Olah". The non-Jew only donates and Olah which goes purely to Hashem, but does not offer a Shlamim which the Kohanim eat from as well. (Yagdil Torah)