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The Tzedakah (Charity) Box: Pushkah Power – Post 2

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by Freeman, Tzvi

“Charity…means being a nice guy and giving your money to someone with less. That’s why, in Jewish tradition, we never give charity…

 

…whatever we have doesn’t really belong to us to begin with. We are no more than treasurers, our sages taught, and everything that comes through our hands is given to us in order to use it for good things…like giving it to people who are short on what they need.

 

That’s why, in Jewish tradition, we call it ‘giving tzedakah.’ Tzedakah means ‘doing the right thing.’”