Tzedakah

Tzedakah

Tzedakah 101

Tzedakah is not just about charitable contributions, but about justice and righteousness.

Tzedakah

The Gemach

A Jewish institution that takes the shame out of sharing.

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Tzedek vs. Tzedakah: Justice vs. Charity

Both are about righting the wrongs that are all too pervasive in our world.

Tzedakah Quiz

Tzedakah, or righteousness, is often interpreted as charity, because Judaism views giving as the ultimate act of righteousness.

Pe’ah: The Corners of Our Fields

Rabbinic commentators interpreted the law of leaving the corners of one's field for those in need in light of their own concerns about the poor.

The Instinct to Hoard

Even when times are tough, we still must give.

Judaism and the Homeless

Jewish law demands that everyone have adequate and permanent housing.

How to Choose a Mitzvah Project for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Suggestions for adding social action to this rite of passage.

Maimonides’ Ladder of Tzedakah

The best forms of charity make the recipient self-sufficient.

We Are All God’s Creatures

One of the Torah's central insights is its effort to minimize human ownership.

Gleanings

Obligations to the poor at harvest time.

Seeing Their Faces But Not Their Doors

The Israelites' dwellings in the wilderness provide us with a model for ensuring the existence and dignity of housing for all members of society.

Reaching Out To Those In Need

Numerous translators of the Bible understand differently the command to strengthen those that are falling low, but all agree on its importance.

The Waters of Lustration: Tears and Tzedakah

Jewish sources suggest tears and tzedakah [charity] as two modern replacements for the Red Heifer.

Ask the Expert: Medical Research as Tzedakah

Does giving money for research count as charity?