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Child’s education or Charity


Rabbi Jonathan Blass

22 Tevet 5763
I don’t have enough money to give both to the community’s Charity and to finance the education of my son. It is very important to me that my son gets a good education but I feel obliged to give to our poor and public expenses. What should I spend my money on?
In certain circumstances, your son’s education may also be considered charity, depending on his age, his financial situation and what he is studying. There are basic obligations on a father to educate his children that take precedence over most other obligations. There are other courses of study that are more optional that should take a back seat to pressing needs of charity in the community. I suggest you consult a rabbinic authority and give him the details of your dilemma so that you can receive a specific answer.
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