G-d only planted needy people in this world to train His children in the noble art of giving. The Torah reflects this with the strong obligation to give “Tzedakah.” Indeed, Tzedakah – commonly translated as charity – is one of the paramount Mitzvos of the Torah. A Jew always shares of his own with his brother and sister in need.


The Campaign

Whenever one sees another in need, they are to help in whatever way possible. More importantly, giving Tzedakah is to become a way of life. To this end one should have a “Tzedakah box” in their home where they regularly deposit coins and bills. Moreover, the “Tzedakah box” should become a central part of the home, turning the very house into a charitable edifice.



Makes the World Go Round

G-d is the ultimate good and his kindness is infinite. He did not plant needy people in this world because He couldn’t do it otherwise. Possibly, G-d wanted to teach us an important trait: giving. If we were to all have what we needed, the world would be a selfish and dismal place. So, He designed the world in a way that we would be forced to learn this valuable trait. The money you have is not really yours any more than your needy brother’s; it’s G-d’s trust fund given to you to distribute to His children.

Charity vs. Justice

It’s worth noting that the common translation for “Tzedakah” namely “charity” is, in fact, inaccurate. The correct translation of the word is “justice.” The difference is obvious: “charity” is extra-credit, whereas “justice” is, well, justice–the just and correct thing to do. In Jewish thought, giving of your own possessions to one in need is not considered to be beyond your basic duties; it’s simply doing the “correct” thing.

Receptacle for G-d’s Blessing

G-d has a reservoir full of blessing waiting to dole out to His children. When He sees them giving one to another, it evokes a reciprocal reaction from Him – He bestows His blessing upon us. The more generous you are, the more generous G-d is with you. Think about when you see your children giving to each other, it makes you want to give to them; and the more they give to each other, the more you want to give them.

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