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Tzedakah—Lesson 1
Three Hebrew letters contain an encoded message explaining how tzedakah is really not charity but justice.
Now, on orders from the Big Boss, Heaven Disincorporated offers you the opportunity to partner in this cosmic venture of giving life. For every penny you give to sustain a life in your microworld, Heaven Disincorporated pledges to zap your macroworld with lifegiving energy from its infinite bank.
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True Charity
The Talmud explains that the verse, “He redeemed my soul in peace from battles against me, because of the many who were with me,” refers to, “One who works in Torah and charity…” A business owner isn’t satisfied with the clientele who find him; he publicizes his goods and services. His work also has no end; it is constantly on his mind. To work in Torah and charity means going beyond the realm of ‘obligation’ – developing self-motivation for personal growth, and exerting relentless effort to improve the spiritual and physical welfare of others.
The one who gives receives more!
Today, many have achieved extraordinary material success unimaginable in times prior and have generously shared their gifts to help those in need. What compels them to distribute so much of their personal income? What causes people -- of any level of affluence -- to give away their hard-earned money?
Why give, who to give to, how much to give?
Something Spiritual on Parshat Re'eh
Charity as a redemptive and theurgic process
Tracing the history and significance of charity as a channel to influence a heavenly decree, examining Scriptural, Rabbinic, and Chassidic sources.
The Rebbe’s mitzvah campaign of Tzedaka places great emphasis on everyone having a pushka (charity box), and ensuring it’s prominently displayed. This class endeavors to crystalize why this is so important in reclaiming a lost Jewish art.
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Give and Give Again
Parsha Re'eh
When giving charity, clearly one should give wholeheartedly and pleasantly. But how critical to the mitzvah of tzedakah is the manner in which it is given? Maimonides and Rashi offer differing views. This class analyzes their positions and reveals the essence of charity. (Likutei Sichos vol. 34, Sicha 2)
The Mitzvah of Tzedakah
Discover myriad layers of significance to the mitzvah of tzedakah, which is so much more that simple charity.
Jono decides he wants to give tzedakah (charity), but there's one problem... he needs to earn money to do that! Hilarity ensues
Re'eh Parshah Report
Itche, Jono, and all of their friends act out different ways of giving charity.
Our Sages teach: “tzedakah, charity, is equivalent to all the mitzvot combined”. Why such great emphasis on this individual mitzvah?
More Than A Charitable Act
Tzedakah is more than a Charitable act. It is sharing with others what G-d in His kindness has given us.
Where Are Sarah and Avi?
Mitzvah Boat is ready for a mitzvah adventure, but he can’t find Sarah and Avi. Can you help him find them?
To a CNN reporter: “Moshiach is ready to come now, we all must only do something additional in the realm of goodness and kindness.” To a child who comes to the Rebbe by Sunday dollars: “This dollar is for bringing Moshiach. Give it to charity for Moshiach to come faster.”
12 Kislev, 5750 · December 10, 1989
I am very happy to hear about your pledge of one million dollars to the Jewish school. May G-d bless you that next time you will pledge twice as much, and G-d will provide for you five times more.
Where is a young couple to turn when they can’t afford their Passover expenses? Mrs. Esther Mentz tells a heartwarming story of kindness and sensitivity (in the year 1957).
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