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Chessed; Acts of Kindness

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We spend so much money, time and energy on synagogues, Jewish schools religious institutions. Wouldn't it be better if we applied all those resources to alleviating all the suffering in our world?
Question: If you work for a Jewish agency, and are helping a client get back on his feet, does Jewish law dictate that you help the person just get back on his feet, or do you have to do it to the level that he was (financially or support) accustomed to b...
Does it still count as charity? How can one ever be sure that the money goes to the right cause?
Question: Dear Rabbi, Recently, at our shul, a homeless man named Joe,No, that’s not his real name. The question has also been abbreviated. who has been attending every week, was asked by the rabbi not to enter the building anymore. The reason was that Jo...
The mezuzah on our front door seems to act as a beacon that draws charity-seeking individuals to our door at all hours of the evening and night. Frankly, we are considering removing it!
I have a menorah, it is gold-plated, it cost about $50. To buy anything better, anything more expensive, would have seemed self-indulgent; who would benefit but my own family and the shopkeeper?
Rochel Question: Why is it that Jews give a coin to someone who is traveling? Is the traveler supposed to return the coin when they return? Answer: Our sages tell us "An emissary to do a mitzvah isn't harmed." The exception to this rule is if the emissary...
Moshe Question: I read somewhere that it is inappropriate to give tzedakah (charity) during the night. Can you explain why? Answer: In the Jerusalem Talmud there is a story told of Rabbi Chiya bar Pappa who gave tzedakah at night, and the leader of the ev...
When a person gives charity, he is not sanctifying merely his food, or some other possession, or his mental capabilities; he is giving up something in which he invested his whole self...
Eighteen is the numerical value of the Hebrew word "chai" which means "life." It is a Jewish custom to give monetary gifts in increments of 18, thus symbolically blessing the recipient of the gift with a good long life. When giving charity, the number 18 ...
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