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Maimonides on charity :: July 14, 2004: 09:20 AM

I was doing some research for a multi-faith event and found this:

The word used or charity in Hebrew is tzedakah from the root tz-d-k, meaning "right.. "just", "morally correct." Within Jewish tradition, tzedekah is a matter of doing "the "right thing"

Maimonides' eight levels of tzedekah
1. The highest degree of all is one who supports another reduced to poverty by providing a loan, or entering into a partnership, or finding work for him, so that the poor person can become self-sufficient.

2 Below this is giving to another so that the donor does not know the recipient, and the recipient does not know the donor.

3 Below this is giving to another so that the donor knows the recipient, but the recipient does not know the donor.

4 Below this is giving to another so that the recipient knows the donor , but the donor does not know the recipient.

5. Below this is giving to the poor without being asked

6. Below this is giving to the poor after being asked.

7. Below this is giving to the poor less than is proper, but in a friendly manner

8. Below is giving , but in a grudging and unfriendly way.
(mishneh Torah 10: 7-15, based on transation by Jacob Neusner.)

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