You are free to choose whichever organization or individual you wish to benefit from your donation. However, King David Kabbalah offers you an opportunity to make it through us.
As we know, the Arizal taught us that in order to rectify sins one needs to fast a certain number of days. But later Mekubalim established that it’s possible to redeem the fasts by payment the amount of food one would eat per day.
Take the opportunity to fix problems and rid yourself of the destructive angels around you with the authentic Tikkun of the Greatest Mekubalim!
In Shaar Ruach Hakodesh the Arizal writes about many sins and how to do tikkunim (plural for Tikkun) for them, thereby getting back the parts of soul and life force.
Before going into the specifics, one important point must be made. These tikkunim are for the correction of the soul. This does not mean that you must not also do Teshuva. You must also do teshuva. The tikkunim are for after you have already done teshuva and you now want to fix your soul.
The basis of the tikkunim is to fast. For each sin, there is a prescribed amount of fast days.
These fasts do not need to be done consecutively. Each fast if from Alos Hashachar until Tseis Hakochavim. (Before sunrise until nightfall.)
For this year 5780 Rabbi Yaakov will be performing the following Tikkunim in the days listed in the table below. Use it to choose which type of Tikkun you want to give money to.
If you have the strength to and can fast, then this is the best. However, many Mekuballim have said that today we are weaker and do not have the strength to fast and we should, therefore, give tzedaka (charity) instead.
Should you decide to give charity as a substitute for the fast, you may do so by giving it to an organization or person who understands the serious nature of these fasts
How much charity should one give?
There are four levels in the amount to give.
- The best amount to give is to determine how much the cost of your food is on an average day and multiply that by the number of fast days you need to fast.
For example: If on an average day the cost of your food is $30 and you did the sins of stealing money (40 days) and anger (151 days), the calculation would be as follows. 30*191=5730. So you should give $5730 to Tzdakah.
- If that amount is too much then you should give the cost of the food of a poor man on an average day and multiply that by the number of fast days you need to fast. For example, the average amount of a poor man spends on food per day is $7. Using the numbers above 7*191=1337. So you should give $1337 to charity.
- If that is still too hard on your budget then you can use the coin of your place, for example in the USA on would donate to the poor 1$ per day of fast making the donation of $191
- If that is too much then you can give the amount of a Perutah (the smallest amount of money recognized by Torah law) approx. $0.15 for each fast day. To use the numbers above 0.15*191=28.65. So you should give $28.65 to charity.
I would suggest at least one dollar per fast day.
It is important to remember that the amount that you give should be a large amount for you based on your monetary situation. You should feel it, just as if you would be fasting, it would be hard for you. The more Tzedukah you can give the better.
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman of Ladi of blessed memory said “Just like if a person would need to go to the doctor to heal his body and would need a large amount of money for the doctor’s bills, he would find a way to get the money, so too to heal his soul he should find a way to get the money. The problem is that we don’t see our soul as important as our body.”