What does Tzedakah mean?
Tzedakah is a Hebrew word literally meaning justice or righteousness but commonly used to signify charity. In reality the two are not the same concept. Unlike charity which is considered optional, Tzedakah is an obligation- even for the poor. Maimonides says that,
While the second highest form of tzedakah is to give donations anonymously to unknown recipients, the highest form is to give a gift, loan, or partnership that will result in the recipient supporting himself instead of living upon others.
In fact Tzedakah is considered to be one of the three main acts that can annul a less than favorable heavenly decree.
Why donating to JWAY makes sense!
In The Ethics of the Fathers, chapter one in the second mishna, Simeon the righteous says,
The world rests on three things: On Torah, on avodah (“service”, worship), and g’meelut chasadim–acts of loving kindness.
So why donate to JWAY when there are so many organizations that also do so many meaningful things? JWAY’s events embody the pillars of Judaism.
- Torah is taught for free to anyone in the community at the Minneapolis Community Kollel. Moreover, JWAY brings in numerous engaging speakers who illuminate the Torah in new ways to listeners.
- Young adults participate in holidays and Shabbos services and learn about traditional Jewish observance. On campus, they meet for coffee with a Rabbi and talk about the parsha. Women learn the values of a traditional Jewish home.
- Through events like Schmooze with Success, JWAY engages with business leaders in the community for their take on Tzedakah. Thus our members become inspired to make a difference themselves!