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- Your Tzedakah (charity) in Israel

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.
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Levels of Tzedakah

  1. Giving begrudgingly
  2. Giving less that you should, but giving it cheerfully.
  3. Giving after being asked
  4. Giving before being asked
  5. Giving when you do not know the recipient's identity, but the recipient knows your identity
  6. Giving when you know the recipient's identity, but the recipient doesn't know your identity
  7. Giving when neither party knows the other's identity
  8. Enabling the recipient to become self-reliant
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מעשה בחסיד אחד שהיה רגיל במצוות צדקה, פעם אחת הלך ונסע בספינה, ובאה רוח סערה וטיבעה את ספינתו בים. ראהו רבי עקיבא, ובא להעיד בבית דין שמת אותו חסיד, שתהיה אשתו מותרת להנשא. קודם שהספיק להעיד, בא אותו חסיד ועמד לפניו. אמר לו רבי עקיבא, האם לא אתה הוא שטבעה ספינתך בים? אמר לו, אני הוא. אמר לו רבי עקיבא, ומי העלך מן הים? אמר לו, צדקה שעשיתי, כשירדתי לעמקי מצולה שמעתי קול רעש גדול מגלי הים, שאומרים זה לזה 'רוצו ונעלה את האיש הזה מן הים, שעשה צדקה כל ימיו'.
ובזכות הצדקה באה ברכה בביתו של אדם, שנאמר 'כי בגלל הדבר הזה יברכך ה' אלקיך'. על כן יתחזק האדם בכל עת במצוה זו, ויביא ברכה אל ביתו, מלבד השכר השמור לו לנצח.
אהבת חסד - ענין צדקה, פרק יז
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