Tzedakah

Tzedakah BoxesCharity in the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible

Pirkei Avot 2:8: Hillel used to say, The more tzedakah, the more shalom.

Jews, who are only about 2% of the American population, are 30% of America’s most generous donors. Similarly, a 2003 study (reported in the Jewish Journal) found that 24.5% of all “mega-donors” (people who donate more than $10 million a year to charity) are Jewish.

Tzedakah” is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call “charity” in English: giving aid, assistance and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. However, the nature of tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity. The word “charity” suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy and powerful for the benefit of the poor and needy. The word “tzedakah” is derived from the Hebrew root Tzadei-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice or fairness.

In Judaism, giving to the poor is not only viewed as a generous, magnanimous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty, giving the poor their due. In practice, most Jews carry out tzedakah by donating a portion of their income to charitable institutions, or to needy people that they may encounter

Deuteronomy 16:17: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the L-rd you G-d that He has given thee.

Tzedakah is considered to be one of the three main acts that can annul a less than favorable heavenly decree. It is taught that Tzedakah money was never yours to begin with, rather, it always belongs to God, who merely entrusts you with it so that you may use it properly. Hence it is your obligation to ensure that it is received by those deserving of it.

Gemilut Hasadim means ‘the giving of loving-kindness’ and applies to all types of charitable works. It is a mitzvah (commandment) that an individual completes gemilut hasadim without expecting anything in return.

Baba Batra 9b: One who gives charity in secret is greater than Moses.

The second highest form of tzedakah is to give donations anonymously to unknown recipients. Can It’s collection tins or tzedakah boxes, at till-points, provide the ideal opportunity for individuals to discreetly and voluntarily donate to unknown recipients, without getting anything in return and also provide the means for charities to collect money without having to ask or pressure anyone. Our collection tins or tzedakah boxes are widely used to raise funds for Shuls and Jewish organizations.