tzedakah

Memories of Birthday Past Inspire Giving to Others

How one Barbie led to a lifetime commitment to birthday celebrations.

Philanthropist Charles Feeney, Maimonides and Anonymous Giving

I recently read an article in the New York Times about Charles F. Feeney, whom the headline calls the “James Bond ...

(Thanks)giving — A Thanksgiving for the Rest of the Year

Happy Thanksgiving! For many, Thanksgiving gathers us with family and friends, inviting us to reflect gratefully on our blessings. For ...

Giving Gelt: Starting A Family Giving Circle (Part 2)

Around Hanukkah this past year, my family decided to start our own giving circle. Sitting around the kitchen table, armed with ...

“If One’s Means Do Not Suffice”: Confronting the High Price of Doing Jewish

Judaism and justice go hand in hand. The Jewish value of tzedakah (charity, from the Hebrew word for “justice”) underscores that ...

Forget Me Not

One of the more troubling aspects of Tzedakah (charitable giving) is its tendency to be coercive. I often hear people ...

Do Your Tzedakah Priorities Reflect Your Values?

People want our tzedakah dollars. We are all deluged by solicitations, whether through phone calls, online requests, mailed letters, or ...

Giving Gelt: Starting A Family Giving Circle This Season (Part 1)

Thanksgiving 2015: We had a full house down here in Jackson, Mississippi, with all of our kids home for the ...

How Can We Do the Most Good?

There’s a new TV show out called “Adam Ruins Everything,” where comedian Adam Conover shares everything that’s factually incorrect — and even harmful — ...

Receiving in Giving

In Parashat Re’eh, this week’s Torah portion, we’re plainly taught that if we freely give to brothers and sisters who ...