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 justly; One who doesn’t, unjustly. And Jewish law views this lack of justice as not only meanspirited but also illegal.”
Can you imagine being arrested for not giving tzedakah!? Do you really think giving tzedakah is equal to all the other commanments combined? Do you feel obligated to give tzedakah or do you feel like you do it because you want to do something good?