Matanos L'evyonim a מחלוקת הקופות?
The קופת העיר ב"ב had the following ad in today's Yated Neeman.
The Gedolei Hador decided that you should give Matonos L'Evyonim to the Kupas Hair Bnei Brak the cleanest and best of tzedakos
It would seem that the Gedolim paskened that everyone should give their מתנות לאביונים to the קופת העיר ב"ב.
But wait. The ועד הרבנים לעניני צדקה בארה"ק seems to disagree. Their ad says:
The Hidur: the poskim of the generation said that the fulfillment of the mitzva of Matonos L'Evyonim in it's greatest form (hidur) is through the Vaad Harabanim
Here is a third ad from a Kupa in Kiryas Sefer:
The Kupa of the Gedolei Hador
If this is the Kupa of the Gedolei Hador then what about the Vaad Harabanim and the Kupas Hair Bnei Brak? Is the biggest hidur giving to the Vaad Harabanim or Kupas Hair Bnei Brak? I could go on but the questions are glaring.
What is my point here? The point is very simple. The use of the words "Gedolim" and "פסקו" or "הכריעו" is misleading and turns the gedolim and psak into a joke. Can there really be a psak that a certain tzedaka organization is "cleaner" then others?
Unfortunately, this is a trend where psak is being used on non-halachic issues (see this post פסקי הלכה on non-halachik issues for more) and it is a very dangerous and disturbing trend.