Tzedakah (charity) Box, Charleston, 1820, Silver, National Museum Of American Jewish History

8 Great Things About Giving Charity

  • 1. Giving Charity is equal to doing all the commandments combined (Talmud Baba Batra 9a)
  • 2. Giving charity and doing acts of kindness are the equivalent of all the mitzvot of the Torah (Jerusalem Talmud, Pe’ah 1:1)
  • 3. Giving charity is greater than bringing all the sacrificial offerings combined (Talmud, Sukkah 49b)
  • 4. Had the people of the Flood and Sodom given charity, they wouldn’t have perished ( Midrash Zutta, Song of Songs 1)
  • 5. Giving charity is tremendous; from when the world was created until now the world continues to exist only on the merit of giving charity (Midrash Tanna d’Vei Eliyahu Zutta 1)
  • 6. The final redemption will come in the merit of those who give charity. (Talmud, Bava Batra 10a)
  • 7. Charitable giving has the power to prolong a person’s life as it states “Charity saves from death.” (Mishlei 10:2)
  • 8. Giving charity is truly a wondrous segulah which brings success, good fortune and protection upon those who practice it.

Charity is a Gift For the Giver
Alan Sakowitz
Miles Away Worlds Apart


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