Tzedakah (Hebrew: צדקה) is a Hebrew word commonly mistranslated as charity, rather since it is based on a root meaning justice (צדק, tzedek). In Judaism, tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to perform charity, and philanthropic acts, which Judaism emphasises are important parts of living a spiritual life.
Jewish tradition argues that the second highest form of tzedakah is to anonymously give donations to unknown recipients. Unlike philanthropy, which is completely voluntary, tzedakah is seen as a religious obligation, which must be performed regardless of financial standing, and must even be performed by poor people; tzedakah is considered to be one of the three main acts that can annul a less than favorable heavenly bad decree.
Traditional Jews give at least ten percent of their income to charity.
Traditional Jewish homes commonly have a pushke, a box for collecting coins
for the poor, and coins are routinely placed in the box.
A standard mourner's prayer includes a statement that the mourner will make
a donation to charity in memory of the deceased. giving to charity is an almost instinctive
Jewish response to express thanks to G-d, to ask
forgiveness from G-d, or to request a favor from G-d. According to Jewish
tradition, the spiritual benefit of giving to the poor is so great that a
beggar actually does the giver a favor by giving a person the opportunity
to perform tzedakah.
Please join our effort to help those who can't help themselves.
Please remember those who need it most in Israel when you give tzedakah this year.
Any donation will help the needy in Israel.