Reach for the Quarter

Why God loves charity.

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Comments (42)

(39) Anonymous, October 15, 2014 11:46 AM

One of the best ways we can help people/organizations in need is by keeping our homes free from clutter. I have never been a fan of yard sales, and I only shop for things I need. When your environment is clear, you have the means to reach out and help others. Right now I am unable to give as generously as I would like, but I am planning on changing that in the future.

(38) Michal, June 6, 2013 9:28 PM

He is so right,

I know Charles Harari is right with every word he says.
I listened and had tears in my eyes. I was so moved.
Things/Money that belongs to us, belongs to Hashem actually. I am allowed to give from things He gave me,
Nobody sees it this way but the Jews.
A wonder, that I feel proud and happy?!

Suzy, October 16, 2013 3:18 AM

Awesome !!

Anonymous, October 16, 2013 3:21 AM

Truly amazing !

Love !

(37) Yoshua, August 12, 2012 1:07 PM

lesson I forgot

Thank you for this lesson I've forgot. The last years I've looked to much to myself and forgot there are more people on this world than me, me, me, me.

(36) Adi, October 28, 2010 9:56 PM

i'm true!!

Thank you for reminding me how much charity is important!! יישר כוח!

(35) chaimi, July 19, 2010 12:03 AM


more more more more more more more more on every possible topic. pleeeeeaaassseeeeeee

(34) Sarah CM, July 14, 2010 2:53 AM



(33) Yonit, July 12, 2010 9:13 PM

You got it!

I learned a lot from this, thank you and thank G-d I am a Jew!

(32) Adam, July 7, 2010 10:16 PM


This video is fundamental and amazing. The idea presented of why G-d loves kindness from us is so foundational for what we are here to do as people. Great work Mr. Harary and may this be an inspiration for all of us to expand, look at the needs of our brothers and sisters, and do what we are here to do in this world. Adam

(31) ay, June 29, 2010 12:03 PM

thank you

great job

(30) Moshe, June 22, 2010 4:34 PM


Great chizuk, please continue doing your fantastic work! Thank you!

(29) Zahava, June 18, 2010 3:50 AM


A great metaphor that can easily be understood! thank you p.s. Being a twin...i love the "kvetching in unison part!)

(28) D.K. Milgrim-Heath, June 6, 2010 6:06 PM

A Daily Dose Of Kindness By D.K.Milgrim-Heath©2009-2010 A daily dose of kindness is what I want to do- Around where I live and for our world too. Giving money towards charity that I can afford- Gives me happiness being my big reward. Charity makes my life worthwhile so I give. Knowing I helped people today to live. Doesn't it make one happy to do those things? Making for the bursting of anyone’s heart strings! Each one of us can do that to fulfill- Our human kindness according to God’s will.

(27) mog, June 3, 2010 11:30 PM


that was truly amazing!!!! puts charity in a different perspective!!!!

(26) Anonymous, June 3, 2010 8:42 PM

A very powerful Godly prinpisble

(25) Esty, June 1, 2010 10:20 PM


Thank you so much! That was amazing... the mashal was a great one and really brought the point home.

(24) Bar Code, June 1, 2010 8:37 PM


What a beautiful insight presented in such a powerful way. Thanx!

(23) Ben Hakakian, June 1, 2010 5:49 PM


Very powerful. It would be great if you produce a follow-up: "Why does G-d dislike Lashon Hara" BH

(22) Anonymous, June 1, 2010 5:01 PM


The Kav Hayashar wrote this exact idea.

(21) Avigayil S, June 1, 2010 3:07 PM


that was great!!!

(20) jagjeet, June 1, 2010 9:23 AM

brilliant explanation,simple act of charity gets a new face as act of pleasing god

(19) Peter Kraynik, June 1, 2010 1:06 AM


Powerful !!! Thank You, G-d !!!! Thank You, Malachi !!! Thank You, Charles Harary !!

(18) Andria, June 1, 2010 12:17 AM


Great reminder!

(17) Yisroel Tepper, May 31, 2010 7:39 PM


Wow this changed my whole veiw on tzedaka.

(16) Anonymous, May 31, 2010 3:54 PM

Demonstrating G-d's love for his children

Charles was comparing parents with G-d. Parents likes to see their children get along with each other and to share. G-d likes to see his children share what they have with others; to help each other out when needed. It makes G-d proud of his children when he sees them doing this. G-d knows they have learned what he has taught them to do. You love your children and when your children love each other, they are helping you love each one of your kids, even when you are not around to do this yourself. Plus if you have several kids (like G-d does) even parents need some help from their kids. This is why G-d loves charity. It's love in action. He knows yes we have been listening to him.

(15) Derek, May 31, 2010 2:30 PM

Now that I am becoming more observant

I started to collect my change and put in the boxes at Shul or the Kollel. In reply to #1- this has been the attitude of some for decades. Sadly it is not new. In reply to #4-we have to start somewhere. As a young child I recall not willing to give up anything I felt was mine.

(14) Chana Yosefa, May 31, 2010 1:36 PM

To Anonymous - the Greatest Charity

According to Maimonides, the greatest charity is helping someone acquire a trade or start off in business so he/she can be independent. Yes, the expectation of entitlement, whether of the poor or the rich, individuals or corporations, is bad for our country. Yet we need to help those who cannot support themselves and their children. We need that "safety net" for the unemployed who cannot find work. Having "workfare" programs for the able-bodied was an attempt to address the problem you spoke of. The US is a work-in-progress. There should be no hungry children in this rich land.

(13) Susan, May 31, 2010 12:42 PM

Great story to teach the essence of Tzedakah

As always, Charles Harrary dynamically elucidates the beauty in Torah teachings.

(12) ruth, May 31, 2010 9:18 AM

those children are precious

I think YES, it's about charity. And this is very sweet. The word charity itself, if you listen carefully has "share", an echo within it, as in share i ty. I hear it. Do you? There is a deep alchemy to words themselves, and the share in charity, and the cher, or dear of it, is clear, within the word itself. It's possible to take a trip across languages. To write a different kind of dictionary. I know it. I do it. Thanks for a very sweet and charming video with a message for all time.

(11) Anonymous, May 31, 2010 4:38 AM

Thank you!

I so much enjoy your humor and energy. Thank you.

(10) Sara N, May 31, 2010 1:32 AM


Wow! That was so well-put. Thank you!

(9) Anonymous, May 30, 2010 11:10 PM


Really enjoyed!

(8) Anonymous, May 30, 2010 7:16 PM

Thank you

That was brilliant.

(7) Susan, May 30, 2010 5:55 PM

great message

Charlie, congratulations, you did it again! I have come to look forward to every presentation of yours as their message is eternal, short, sweet and to the point. thank you

(6) Anonymous, May 30, 2010 5:40 PM

wooow amazing way to think about it, thanx!!! waiting for more videos!!!!!!

(5) Anonymous, May 30, 2010 5:05 PM

Great again Charlie, but one comment...

G-d doesn't "get pleasure". G-d is complete and unchanging. We follow his blueprint for the correct life, pure and simple.

(4) Stephanie, May 30, 2010 4:53 PM

Kind of Disappointing

I thought this story may have been leading up to the son actually giving to someone who needed it. Giving ones sibling a gumball is sweet and nice but I was hoping this story would lead to and ending such as the one I have with my son, every time we stop at a local store for milk. It really bothers him to see the same homeless man there, all the time. Every time my son asks if he can take the change from the console in my car and gives it to that man. If it's not very much (enough for a meal) he asks for more to give...and I definitely give. I guess the idea here is that if the boy has learned to think of his sisters maybe he will eventually think further outside his family and actually give to those in need, not just those who want. In my opinion, this story does not really reflect charity, it reflects siblings caring about each other.

Anonymous, July 11, 2011 4:09 PM

we give because we care

Jews are family and therefore we have to care about one another. the fact that he gave the gumball to his sibling is a metaphor for us caring, and giving to our siblings, the other jews around us.

(3) Iris moskovitz, May 30, 2010 3:20 PM

You should shep nachas from your children always.

When I witness my older daughter, whom I nickname Mini Me, helping her little sister out with homework or getting her a snack for school in the morning madness rush, I derive such nachas . She knows that this is the greatest form of charity that she can do .

(2) Duane Bass, May 30, 2010 2:18 PM

great message


(1) Anonymous, May 30, 2010 2:13 PM

One problem

The US is becoming a welfare state. I know people with multiple children who refuse to work because their net pay would be about as much as they receive on welfare. And their entitlement attitude will be passed on to their children. Are we really giving to the "poor" (who refuse to work) or are we enabling them to become dependent on the state, stripping away their own self-esteem? And, how do we help those who can help themselves, but refuse?


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