Pisqa’ 110

Pisqa’ 1101


“And the migrant, the fatherless, or the widow within your gates” (Dt.14:29).

Is it possible to say that

[the Pauper’s-tithe is offered]

whether one is in need or not in need?

Now, you shouldn’t wonder [at this]!

For, indeed, He says:

“Nor seize the garment of a widow” (Dt.24:17)—

whether she is poor or rich!

[But] the Teaching states [regarding Gleanings]:

“Leave them for the pauper” (Lv.19:10)—

just as the pauper is in need,

so, too, all these others are in need.

Is it possible to say that

[all of them are entitled to the Pauper’s-tithe],

whether or not they are covenant partners [i.e., Israelites]?

[No, for] the Teaching states:

“The Levite” (Dt.14:29)—

just as the Levite is a covenant partner,

so, too, all of these [others] must be covenant partners.

“And they shall eat and be satisfied” (Dt.14:29)—

give them enough to satisfy them.

On this basis they taught:

On the threshing floor, they do not give to a pauper

less then a half-qav of wheat or a qav of barley.2.

In your gates” (Dt.14:29)—

this teaches that

you may not expel [paupers]

from the Land to beyond the Land.

They taught: 

A clan from the family of Nevalta

once lived in Jerusalem.

[Sages] offered them 600 talents of gold,

for they didn’t want to expel them from Jerusalem.3

  1. H;157-158;JN1;280-281:
  2. Cf. M. Peah 8:8.
  3. //T.Pe.4:11. See the close parallel at Pisqa’ 303.1-2.