May 21, 2007
Charity Link Meme - צדקה Tzedakah Meme
So where do I give charity to?
Well, by Jewish law, I have to give at least 10% of my income to charity. Where does that go?
Mostly Jewish organizations. I rather not list them by name. But they consist of local Jewish day schools, yeshivas, synagogues, local food for poor, and many others.
Charity is called Tzedakah (צדקה) in Judaism. Tzedakah is often not the 10%, the 10% is technically not mine, so I am 100%, but I think it is not Tzedakah. The 10% comes from Devarim (דברים) where it says "You shall set aside every year a tenth part of all the yield of your sowing that is brought from the field." It is called Maeser (not sure if I am spelling it right). Here is another good resource on Jewish charity.
There is another Jewish law that you cannot give more than you can afford to give. So even though it is a great thing to give lots of Tzedakah, if you will give more than you can afford it is a bad thing. You need to support your family and you need to support yourself.