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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
Kimcha d'Pischa - Maos Chittim Hachnosas Kallah

אין לשער עד היכן מגיע כוחה של מצוות צדקה, ולפי גודלה וטובה של מצוה זו - כך יצרו של אדם מתגבר עליו, ומקשה את לבו שלא יעשה כפי כוחו. ועל כגון זה אמרו חז"ל 'אדם ניכר בכיסו', כי יצר חיבת הממון רב מאד, אשרי המתגבר עליו מידי יום יום וניצול הימנו, מה רב טובו ומה טוב חלקו ומה נעים גורלו בעולם הזה ובעולם הבא, הון ועושר בביתו וצדקתו עומדת לעד. ואף שהכל יודעים זאת, יצר לב האדם מתעה אותו, ומראה לו כאילו כבר קיים מצוה זו כראוי, וכבר יצא ידי חובתו, ושחייו קודמין, ושהוא עושה צדקה בכל עת במה שזן בניו ובנותיו הקטנים והגדולים. אבל מי שהוא צדיק, יבחן אם מביא כדי מעשר לצדקה, ומה שזן את בניו ובנותיו אינו עולה לחשבון הצדקה אלא למי ששעתו דחוקה מאד, כמבואר בפוסקים.
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