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Couch From A Gemach

QUESTION 63: COUCH FROM A GEMACH

A friend who works in a furniture gemach (an organization that lends to those in need) called my wife, and said someone wants to contribute a couch, but the gemach has no one to pick it up and no place to store it. The person at the gemach said that we would be helping them if we picked it up and kept it, and that optionally we can pay whatever we want. How do we figure out how much to pay for it? Should it be based on the true value of the couch, or on our ability to pay? Should we have it evaluated by a person who knows couches?

RABBI BELSKY

It's a used couch. You only need to pay whatever - in your heart - you feel you want to pay, or feel you should pay. It's a donation.


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