Time and Tithes Wait For No ManBy Rabbi Jack Abramowitz
The Levites would also inherit no land, instead being supported in exchange for their services. They would receive the tithes (maaser), 10% of the people’s produce. The Leviim would take a portion of the tithes they received and give it to the kohanim. (This is called terumas maaser, the priestly gift taken from a tithe. So an Israelite got 90% of the total crop, a Levite ended up with 9% and a kohein got 1%.) After giving this portion, the Levites could treat their tithes like regular food. They and their families could eat it anywhere.