Jeff was doing his homework when the doorbell rang. It was Josh, his neighbor.

"Hello, Jeff," said Josh, "I was wondering if I could borrow your bike for a short while. My mother needs some milk from the store and my bike has a flat tire."

"Sure," replied Jeff, "Please wait a minute and I'll give it to you. I just want to finish the sentence I was in the middle of writing."

Josh winced. "I could take it myself," he said softly. He had seen the bike propped up against the side entrance and it was unchained. If Jeff heard him, he showed no sign of it. In a few minutes, he closed his notebook and went out with Josh. He steered his bike around to face the street. "Here, Josh, you're welcome to use my bike."

Is there a better way for Jeff to share what he has with others?

We can help him by pointing out a commandment in this week's Torah portion.

Among the many commandments in Emor is the commandments of giving charity from the produce in the field. The Torah teaches us that when a Jew reaps the harvest of his field, he should leave a corner untouched. When he ties the sheaves of grain into bundles, he should leave the few that fall. And when he collects the bundles, if a bundle is forgotten, he should leave that, too. This is all left for poor people to come and gather.

But actually, the Torah has already told us about these commandments in last week's portion, Kedoshim. Why are they repeated here?

Our sages teaches us that mentioning them here helps us learn more about how to fulfill them. In the previous Parsha, we learned that we must leave part of the harvest in the field for poor people. In this week's Parsha we learn something new. From the words, "You shall leave them for the poor person and the stranger," we learn that a person should not go out and give the forgotten bundle or fallen sheaves to the poor person. He should allow the poor person to enter his field and collect it by himself.

Why? Wouldn't it be nice to go out there and help the poor people by handing them the produce?

Sure, it's nice - but for whom? How do you think Jeff felt when he handed Josh his bike? Jeff probably felt good, because it makes a person feel proud of himself when he gives to others. But how did Josh feel? Wouldn't he have felt more comfortable if he had been allowed to take the bike himself?

The Torah is teaching us that the proper way to fulfill a good deed is to share with others wholeheartedly, thinking about the poor person's feelings and not about our own desire to feel good.