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Tzedakah

The Jewish concept of charity

This series gives a comprehensive overview of the mitzvah of giving charity.

The Meaning of the Word
Tzedakah—Lesson 1
Three Hebrew letters contain an encoded message explaining how tzedakah is really not charity but justice.
Wealth Distribution
Audio | 10:43
Wealth Distribution
Tzedakah—Lesson 2
Why doesn’t G‑d just give each person their appropriate share of wealth, rather than creating a world where some people are wealthy and others are in need?
G-d Asks Us to
Tzedakah—Lesson 3
The promises of reward for one who gives tzedakah. Malachi 3:10: “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse . . . and please test Me . . . if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you blessing . . .”
Heaven's Annual Budget
Tzedaka - Lesson 4
How much money are we destined to make this year? And how much are we destined to keep? Why the money we give away to tzedaka was never really ours to begin with.
Selfless Giving
Audio | 10:22
Selfless Giving
Tzedaka - Lesson 5
Sometimes we give in order to feel better about ourselves. How can we make sure that our giving is altruistic? When our giving is determined by the recipients needs and not by our desire to give.
Why Did G-d Create Money?
Tzedaka - Lesson 6
Couldn't G-d have just made a world where nobody needed any money. A look at the very spiritual side of economics.
Giving Until it Hurts
Tzedaka - Lesson 7
The Torah says that one must give a tenth of their wealth to tzedaka but no more than one fifth. Are there ever circumstances where it is fitting to give even more? Tzedaka as a mode of repentance
The
Tzedaka - Lesson 8
The spiritual ripple effect of using our material means to give tzedaka.
How to Give
Audio | 26:33
How to Give
Tzedaka - Lesson 9
A quick overview of some of the basic laws of charity including Maimonides' famous "Eight Levels of Charity."
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