* “Tzedakah” is a Hebrew word that is usually translated
into English as “charity.”
* “Charity” suggests that the wealthy magnanimously give
something to the poor. This does not capture, however,
the depth of the concept of Tzedakah.
* Tzedakah implies that giving is an act of justice
and fairness and righteousness.
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* We can turn to other spiritual practices to broaden our
understanding of the deep meaning of giving to those in
need. For example:
* In Buddhism, we come to understand that we are all
connected, regardless of our level of wealth and power in
* In Christianity, we are taught to love others apart from self
* In Hinduism, there is the observance to give generously without
thought of reward and that 10 percent of your money is God’s
money for those in need.
* Muslims are obliged every year to calculate their wealth and
give to those less fortunate. This is known as zakat and is
equal to prayer as an expression of faith.
* Giving is beyond any sense of moral or religious
* The seed for giving is a central aspect of one’s
* We all get help as we move through our lives.
* It is only right that we give back when we can.
Our labor. Our knowledge. A smile.
* We all have something to give.
* Giving, like love and compassion, is a river that
flows throughout the universe.
* Blessed are you if the spirit of giving flows
through your Being.