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Barnet Shapiro from Cape Town, South Africa wrote:
Dear Rabbi,

Why do we not say a beracha [blessing] when giving tzedakka [charity]?

Dear Barnet Shapiro,

Your question is dealt with by the early commentators. One answer given is as follows: One does not make a beracha on an action which is dependent on another person's acceptance, as there is a chance that the other person might not accept and hence the beracha would in vain.


  • Teshuvot Rashba Vol. 1 ch. 18, 254 and Vol. 3 ch. 283 and affiliated to Ramban 189
  • Ketuboth 40a

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