Why Tzedakah Is Spiritually Important

Rabbinic sources, both ancient and modern, suggest that tzedakah plays an important role in the spiritual life of the donor.

I Kings 8:2-21: Solomon Builds the First Temple

The Haftarah (prophetic reading) for the second day of Sukkot

Leviticus 22:26-23:44: Divinely Ordained Festivals

The Torah reading for the first two days of Sukkot

What Do Lifecycle Celebrations Do?

Jewish lifecycle ceremonies celebrate change, and sanctify the ordinary.

Jewish Continuity

Is the Jewish people disappearing?

Traditionalism Confronts Lifecycle Innovation

Traditionalist Jews have many objections to new, or renewed, lifecycle ceremonies.

Themes in Jewish Lifecycle Events

Overview of various themes in Jewish lifecycle.

The Fetus in Jewish Law

Does a fetus have the same legal status as a person?

Tzedakah: History and Development

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

Tzedakah Themes & Theology

Although often translated as “charity,” tzedakah is not equivalent to charity. Rather, its root means “justice.”