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Chessed; Acts of Kindness

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One of the birds which is described in this week's reading is the chassidah, the stork, regarding which the Talmud tells us, "she is benevolent toward her own kind." So why isn't thechassidah kosher?
The truest form of charity is to provide without discrimination. This means that we leave it to the poor to decide what is important and what is not.
Jewish wisdom sees the saving of physical life and the giving of spiritual life as two sides of the same coin of charity. To some we give dollars, to others we give sense.
"Everyone is obligated to give charity. Even people supported by charity must contribute from what they receive." A law that seems radical on the one hand, and absurd on the other...
So, at the risk of ending my career, I would like to share with you a wonderful piece of news: The world is becoming a very generous place. You want proof?
The wealthy fellow politely explained how he would love to give but can’t, because he already gave his share of charity for the year . . .
We give charity, and pray for health, wealth and a good year. Are we "bribing" G-d?
I have a confession. I can’t stand to be thanked for giving charity. I just hate it when the person to whom I gave a dollar heaps lifelong blessings on me.
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