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Tzedakah - Charity

• Helping the poor and needy is a duty in Judaism
• Jews are among the most generous donors to charities
• Jews do not limit their generosity to Jewish charities
• Rambam organized ways of doing tzedakah by their level of merit

"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 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. (Judaism 101)

Tzedakah Frequently Supported by HebrewArt.com:

The NAVAH Organization

NAVAH's mission is to provide an accessible way for people worldwide to support terror survivors in Israel, offering emotional support to terror victims and bereaved families through:

• Therapeutic and Rehabilitative Weekend Retreats
• Support Groups
• Counseling Help Line
• Home Visitations
• Jewish Holiday Events

American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA)

In 1940, a dedicated and concerned group of Americans realized the importance of Magen David Adom in Palestine, which was officially chartered and recognized as an emergency lifesaving service as a result of the murderous riots of 1929, when Jewish farming and urban settlements were attacked by the Arab population. Under the auspices of the B’nai Zion organization, and, particularly, the leadership of Herman Z. Quittman and Dr. Harris Levine, “American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI)” was incorporated in the State of New York to give medical assistance to the people of Israel (then Palestine).

The organization became affiliated with Magen David Adom and worked to upgrade MDA’s emergency medical and blood services. The assistance provided to MDA by ARMDI in those first years was crucial in the latter years of the British Mandate of Palestine and in the struggle with the Arabs.

Today, MDA and its team of trained volunteer and professional medical responders depend on AFMDA support to provide the entire nation’s pre-hospital emergency needs, including medical, disaster, ambulance and blood services. The MDA National Blood Services Center, located in Ramat Gan, provides 100% of the blood requirements of the IDF and 95% of the blood needs for Israeli hospitals and the general population.

Maot Chitim

"Maot Chitim" refers to the centuries old custom of gathering wheat to provide the poor with matzoh and other items for the observance of Pesach. More recently they have expanded their program to include the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

In 2011, almost 5,000 Pesach food packages, and in 2010 nearly 5,000 Rosh Hashanah food packages, were delivered to needy Jewish families. They estimate approximately 24,000 needy people benefited from these deliveries helping them observe these holidays in a traditional and dignified manner.  

The LIBI Fund

When you "enlist" with LIBI, you're not only making up for what the defense budget can't cover. You are also contributing to the ensurance of Israel 's continuity as well as to the prosperity of Israel 's society and culture. By offering education assistance to less privilaged soldiers, we are making Israel 's greatest asset available to all members of Israeli society, thereby furthering the IDF's main purpose: the strengthening of Israel 's defense.