Jeffrey Spitzer

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.

"Whose Leaves Do Not Wither"

In Jewish sources, the leaf is a metaphor for the fragility and durability of life.

Providing What is Lacking

Jewish texts on social justice describe the tension between providing what is needed and providing what is affordable.

Preventing Dependency

"Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." How many fish do we buy, and how many nets?

Maimonides’ Eight Levels: A Contemporary Reading

Jeff Spitzer mines Maimonides' 8 levels of Tzedakah for guidance on contemporary issues in tzedakah.