from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chest or box fastened to the wall, as of a church, to receive offerings for the poor or for any religious purpose.
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The Jerusalem Gemara thus explains it; "If he tarry in the city thirty days, he becomes as one of the citizens in respect of the alms-chest; if six months, he becomes a citizen in respect of clothing; if twelve months, in respect of tributes and taxes."
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