Medical research doesn't obviously fall into the category of tzedakah, and it doesn't obviously fall outside of this category either. When thinking about putting tzedakah money into medical research, we can ask ourselves: Will this research mostly or largely benefit the poor?Read more
Brush up on the basics of tzedakah.
Charity is directed to the poor; benevolence is the expression of goodwill to all.
How one gives may be as important as how much one gives.
A group of Jewish women from Seattle began Hebrew free loan societies.
Using your common cents.
The development and history of charitable giving in Judaism.
Exhortations to assist the poor plus laws that gave poor people a claim to a share of society’s wealth.
Helping others, emulating God.
The best forms of charity make the recipient self-sufficient.
Making decisions about tzedakah in the context of a group.
Guidance for Giving
How much to ask about a person who solicits us for tzedakah--or whether to give to all who request our help.
It is necessary to set priorities for allocating funds for tzedakah.
Does giving money for research count as charity?
One spiritual leader's approach to the relationship between giving and taking.
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
The lives of Abraham and Job provide us with two models for confronting poverty.
Rabbinic commentators interpreted this law in light of their own concerns about the poor.
A Jewish institution that takes the shame out of sharing.
Jewish law demands that everyone have adequate and permanent housing.
Resources for alleviating poverty.