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The Top 5 Differences between charity and tzedakah: Day 4

#4 Not all charity is considered tzedakah

Ways to tell whether or not the money you are giving is tzedakah:

From the Babylonian Talmud, Chagigah 5a, taken from On1Foot: “It had been better that you had not given him, than now that you have given him publicly and put him to shame.”

Therefore, if the money you are giving to someone publicly humiliates... Read more

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The Top 5 Differences between charity and tzedakah: Day 3

#3 Charity is voluntary; Tzedakah is compulsory

From the Jewish Virtual Library: “Hundreds of years later, the Talmud taught: ‘Tzedaka (sic) is equal to all the other commandments combined’ (Bava Bathra 9b). From Judaism’s perspective, therefore, one who gives tzedaka is acting... Read more

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The Top 5 Differences between Charity and Tzedakah: Day 2

Charity is a gift; Tzedakah is giving someone their due

Taken from On1Foot, here is a text from Iyyun: Institute for the Exploration of the Deeper Dimension of Torah:

“To be charitable is to assume that the money or belongings are yours, and you are nice enough to give away your money... Read more

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The Top 5 Differences between Charity and Tzedakah: Day 1

You may know that tzedakah comes from the Hebrew word for justice and righteousness instead of charity, but what are some of the real differences between charity and tzedakah?

Over each of the next five days, I will introduce one difference between charity and tzedakah to think about. 

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Finding your perfect (tzedakah) match

Imagine you’re an eligible bachelor or bachelorette. You’ve just logged into your JDate account—of course you have one—to find that a dozen suitors are contacting you (it’s your lucky day). You feel a bit overwhelmed by the number, and figure the best way to begin sifting is to... Read more

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Where To Write That Check

Oct 24, 2011 by Sarah  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

A couple of years ago, based on studying I was doing about the Jewish laws related to tzedakah and other motivations outlined here, I decided to give away ten percent of my income. I set up a second bank account, and redirected 10% of my pay check’s direct deposit to it. I was feeling... Read more

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Got Gelt? A Conversation about Giving in this Season of Receiving

Oct 17, 2011 by Sasha  |  Project Updates

You know it’s never to early to start thinking about the holidays!

As part of Where Do You Give? this year, we are creating a special Chanukah activity called Got Gelt? A Conversation about Giving in this Season of Receiving for middle school students in Hebrew schools and day schools. Got... Read more

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