Dear Rabbi Simon,
I have a couple of ma’aser [charity tithe] questions if you don’t mind helping me with, please.
My brother gave me £100 as a birthday present recently. Do I need to deduct ma’aser from this?
Also, is one able to give a donation from a salary that one has not been paid yet? As in, may I give a donation and have in mind that I will deduct that from a salary that I am due to be paid? Or one must have the money in one’s possession first?
Many thanks in advance.
Thank you for your questions.
Happy birthday, and yes, it is proper/recommended to deduct ma’aser from your birthday gift.
In answer to your second question, yes, you may give ma’aser based on a payment (salary) you anticipate receiving.
Rabbi Rashi Simon