The Spirit of Tzedakah

Tzedakah, as with every other giving that the Lord calls us to do, is a spiritual exercise. We seem to forget that the Lord God does not need our money. Nevertheless, we are commanded to give in order to foster empathy, compassion, and generosity. We are being molded to be more like Jesus. It is through giving of ourselves that we actually become more. Giving a part of what we hold dear leads to a more meaningful life.

A rabbi once asked, “What is better? Giving 1,000 gold pieces to one person or giving one gold piece to 1,000 people? According to him, the latter is better. Why? It is because each act of generosity is separate. If you performed a generous act 1000 times, it means you chose to give 1,000 times. It’s like the number of repetitions you do in the gym. The more repetitions you do, the more you grow stronger. The essence of tzedakah isn’t a financial transaction; it is spiritual. It grows you spiritually — and as God promised when you seek Him first, it can also grow you financially (Mt. 6:33).



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How do you think is Tzedakah spiritual, rather than financial transaction?