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The Meaning of the Word
Tzedakah—Lesson 1
Three Hebrew letters contain an encoded message explaining how tzedakah is really not charity but justice.
Give Life. Get Life
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True Charity
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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 Mitzvah Campaign of Tzedakah
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.
Jono's Lemonade Stand
Jono decides he wants to give tzedakah (charity), but there's one problem... he needs to earn money to do that! Hilarity ensues
Charity Times Eight
Re'eh Parshah Report
Itche, Jono, and all of their friends act out different ways of giving charity.
10 Facts to Know About Tzedakah (Charity)
The Eight Levels of Charity
Our Sages teach there are 8 different ways to do Tzedaka, each type being better than the previous.
Why Jews Give So Much Charity
The one who gives receives more!
Vayeira: Your Royal Kindness
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?
My Thoughts on Charity (part 1)
Why give, who to give to, how much to give?
Give and Get (Rich)
Something Spiritual on Parshat Re'eh
The Power of Charity
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.
Give and Give Again
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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 Secret to Becoming Rich
The Mitzvah of Tzedakah
Discover layers of significance to the mitzvah of tzedakah, which is so much more that simple charity.
Four Types of Contributors to Charity
One who wants to give charity, but does not want others to give—is begrudging of others. One who wants that others should give but does not want to give—begrudges himself. One who wants that he as well as others should give, is a chassid. One who want neither himself nor others to give, is wicked. (Ethics of Our Fathers 5:13)
The Kabbalah of Charity
Our Sages teach: “tzedakah, charity, is equivalent to all the mitzvot combined”. Why such great emphasis on this individual mitzvah?
Charity
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.
Mitzvah Island Episode 3
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?
Acts of Goodness and Kindness
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.”
Investing in Charity
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.
How the Rebbe Bought Us Passover Dishes
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).
Fundraising Manifesto
Jewish Federations play a valiant role in the collection of funds for Jewish causes worldwide. With this comes the enormous responsibility of allocating the funds appropriately.
The Charity Campaign
We live in a time when many Jews – due to no fault of their own – are not aware of Judaism. Therefore, a campaign was launched to ensure that every Jewish home should have a charity box. In this way, even a person uneducated in Judaism who encounters this unfamiliar object will ask what it is about. This will lead him to discover the commandment of charity, which, in turn, will lead him to fulfill many more Mitzvos.
A Promise Fulfilled, Part 2
True Charity
Almost a year had passed since the Rebbe had assured Reb Gimpel Orimland that he’d return to 770 and be able to give many times more than his previous pledge to charity. Several weeks before his return to 770, however, the fulfillment of the Rebbe’s blessing was yet to be seen. (Late 1960s)
Grabbing the Opportunity
Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch, the Rebbe Maharash, would travel extensively throughout Europe and the Russian Empire to advocate for his fellow Jews in Russian lands.
The Rebbe Distributing Charity
A special collage featuring unique scenes of the Rebbe distributing charity.
Definition of Charity
“To the poor person it makes no difference where the money comes from. The main thing is that he receives it.”
The Power of Charity
Rabbi Dovid Shochet recalls a most amazing story that took place following a lecture he had given to students in Buffalo, New York. During his talk, he related a story which took place with a miser who was later revealed to be the secret benefactor of his entire town. After concluding his speech, Rabbi Shochet was approached by a young priest in the audience. Little did he know the impact of the story he had told. (1960's)
Tithes to Riches
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Tithes to Riches
Ami Pykovski recalls introducing designer Maurice Sasson to the Rebbe. Despite a successful career in the clothing business, Sasson was not seeing the returns from his work and turned to the Rebbe for help. (1990)
Let G-d Do the Rest
Generally, the requirements of the Variable Offering change according to one’s financial ability. Yet, within these laws, Maimonides brings a case of a poor person who pledges to bring the offerings of someone with more means than him. How will he afford it? Doesn’t Jewish law only obligate a person according to his means? Yet, this law emphasizes, that if he pledged to bring the offering, he will be given the means to fulfill his promise. When a Jew commits to doing something positive; if he resolves to disregard his own shortcomings and do a favor for another Jew, we are assured that G-d will help him fulfill his pledge – a lesson illustrated by a story of printing the Tzemach Tzeddek.
Why the Rebbetzin Pawned Her Pearls
Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch would travel extensively to advocate for his fellow Jews. He would often return to a surprise.
Do Not Steal
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Do Not Steal
The Eighth Commandment
"You shall not steal."
Class 2: Funding Social Services
Election 2012: A Jewish Perspective
Modern governments use their authority to tax their constituents and pay for public works and social services. How did Jewish communities understand their roles in furthering the welfare of the people? What is the Torah view on how a society can express compassion while also teaching individual responsibility?
The Charity Ladies
Itche and Jono help two eccentric sisters give tzedakah. Hilarity ensues.
How to Have Abundance
We learn so much from a seed. One tiny seed can yield a tree overflowing with fruit. True abundance comes from a special kind of planting, with a certain kind of attitude. Learn how to invest in a way that will yield abundance and blessing.
Don’t Give a Dime
The Essence of Poverty
Reflections on
Give life to others before praying for your own sustenance
The One Time You Should NOT Think Positively
Parshat Re’eh
Judaism teaches us to be optimistic and positive, to highlight what we have rather than what is lacking. But here’s one time when this attitude is absolutely destructive.
It’s Not the Thought that Counts
A short insight on parshat Terumah
What is the right way to give and to receive charity?
Three Mistranslations
A 90 second insight on the High Holidays period
Three easy steps to be a better Jew on the High Holidays.
My Thoughts on Charity (part 2)
Maimonides’ 8 levels of charity.
My Thoughts on Charity (part 3)
The four types of people in giving charity described in Ethics of Our Fathers.
When Giving Is Really Receiving
Something Spiritual on Parshat Terumah
A powerful insight on the nature of giving charity can be gleaned from the language the Torah employs regarding the contributions for the mishkan (G-d’s sanctuary).
How to Give
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How to Give
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the commandment of tzedakah
When the Torah instructs us to give charity, it uses very specific words, to convey a profound message on what giving is all about.
Tithes for the Poor & Not to Ignore the Needy
Sefer HaMitzvot: Day 125
Charity Before Prayers, Kashrut, and Reciting Blessings
Why we give charity before we pray, why we refrain from eating certain foods, and how saying blessings promotes the attitude of gratitude.
Foundations of the Jewish Home
The mitzvahs of mezuzah and charity
We spend more than a third of our lives sleeping and eating and doing other mundane things. How can we elevate all aspects of our lives? And why are the mitzvot of tzedakah (charity) and affixing a mezuzah comparable to keeping all the other mitzvot of the Torah?
They Bear Your Name
Mr. & Mrs. Mel Landow
Mr. and Mrs. Mel Landow are told that as the Yeshiva bears their name, every student carries their name as well. Blessings for achievement, health, and business together.
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