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Visitor Comments: 31

(27) Aliza, January 29, 2012 4:44 PM

too complicated for a 2-minute video

Tzedekah is far too complicated to be thoroughly discussed in a 2-minute video, so people, please don't think that it's "give 10% or else" There are all sorts of guidelines regarding how to give (including if you should!) if you are poor, how to calculate your time if you are giving of your time in your *professional* capacity, how much you should give (10 - 20% is the guideline). Please ask a rabbi, and don't assume. Volunteering at a soup kitchen or a home or a library is giving of your time and is extremely generous, but does not equal giving a tithe. These are two different things, both being generous and giving. I think I get what Mrs. Palatnik was trying to say in this video. Perhaps it could have been worded differently, more gently, but I don't think she meant to say that one town is "better" than another, or that you're selfish or greedy if you volunteer but don't give money. This is an important halacha. Please take the time to learn it thoroughly. It made such a difference (and gave us such relief!) in my household when we did.

(26) Moshe, January 15, 2012 5:21 PM

Time is money

Not entirely correct about time. A professional deduct 90% of time value.

(25) Gavin-Chaim Marsden, January 12, 2012 9:18 PM


Hashem took His time and in His kindness He created man and women

(24) Anonymous, January 12, 2012 9:02 PM

For all who are interested in learning the halachot of giving tzedakah, there is an excellent book by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger called "Priorities in Tzedaka - Higher forms of giving". Rabbi Goldberger concisely outlines the laws of who should be giving and the individual's tzedaka priorities.

(23) Anonymous, January 12, 2012 5:46 AM

Jacob made a vow to tithe. This isn't some new kind of teaching Lori is saying. It's been around a few years. Like several thousands of. I was 23 when I first heard about tithing. Before then, it probable was said, but it went in one ear and out the other. R' Goldstein taught me that Judaism isn't about all or nothing, explaining that when you don't shut the door on a commandment, you are open to it, even though you are not fulfilling it, you have not said NO to it, refusing to do nothing. That's how he explain that it's not about all or nothing. Tough commandments, you have to chew on it for awhile. A little at a time, starting out small, with the goal of reaching it. Making excuses and saying no way am I going to do that, you shut the door on trying to fulfill the commandment by doing nothing, and planning on doing nothing, importantly it's the planning on doing nothing that leads to never doing it and closing the door on it completely and permanently. Jacob vowed to tithe everything, from money, possessions even his child Levi for divine service. O.K. Jacob was really into it, and he fulfilled the ALL, struggling and wrestling, reached to perfection for him in saying yes, and doing ALL. Lori, the communities that are generous, are the ones that have been taught and heard it, to give tzedakah. The communities that haven't been taught or heard it doesn't, and that's why they ask you to come. They were angry over this; those who asked you to come probable have gotten the same response when they had tried, were hoping an outsider from that community they may listen. It's still something new to them, the giving 10% message, for it probable never was brought up before, 1) there was no need, people were being generous without mentioning it, 2) demanding cost has lowered allotted what the community is giving, with the economy people have backed off, not giving as usual. 3) before the need was peoples time, now it's money, that's new to them to hear.

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