A collection of tzedakah boxes made in the shape of historic synagogues.

Tzedakah Box

Collecting money for charity

A tzedakah box, also known by its Yiddish word, pushke, is a receptacle for collecting money that is designated for charity. The Hebrew word tzedakah comes from the root tzedek, meaning justice. Giving money and resources to those in need is understood to be an act of justice.

Many families decorate boxes or cans, and make a habit of putting money in them before Shabbat. When they are full the money is taken out and given to a person or organization in need.

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Investigating the Individuals to Whom We Contribute

A contemporary Conservative rabbi reviews the Jewish legal literature for guidance on how much to ask about a person who solicits us for tzedakah--or whether to give to all who request our help.

Teaching Tzedakah to Children

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Tzedakah: History and Development

History and Development of Tzedakah. Jewish Tzedakah. Charitable Giving.