Why do people sometimes give people who are making a trip to Israel an allocation of money to give to tzedakah?

The money given for such an occasion is often referred to as mitzvah gelt, or good deed money, and the person making the journey to Israel is called a shaliach mitzvah-a messenger of a precept. The rabbinic sages have said that if a person is involved in the commission of a good deed, no harm will come to that person. By transforming a person who is traveling into a messenger of a good deed, the traveler thereby comes under the sanction of Divine guardianship to complete this specific act.

Rabbi Ron

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