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Forty years later, we still disagree about tithing.

I know tithing is important for God’s blessing on my family finances. However, my husband refuses to tithe.  Before the Covid curse overtook our country, he had, finally, begun to give  $50 per week, some weeks. I begged him for most of our 40-year marriage to tithe. He has always said we cannot afford to...

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My Wife Objects to My Charitable Giving

Thanks for the opportunity you give for questions, I have long been reading and studying the Jewish wisdom from you and it’s quite interesting. My question is that for many years I have lived a life of having human sympathy when it comes to charitable contributions. As I write to you now, with my less...

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I want to be smart in my charitable giving. Can you help?

Dear Rabbi and Susan, I have a question for you and I hope you can guide me through with ancient wisdom. Let’s say that  I have decided to donate  a certain portion of my income to charitable causes… So one day while standing in the pharmacy I see a person in need to get medicines...

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How much help is too much help?

Huge fan here – Thou Shall Prosper has changed my life, and I continue to be inspired by Ask the Rabbi and Susan’s Musings. My question is, as a follower of God, am I a hypocrite for not wanting to help someone in need? I’ve recently become acquainted with a woman who has severe emotional...

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Loans with no payback? The Shemitah Year

I’ve read a lot of your books, yet didn’t see you ever speak about this particular thing:  Reading the Books of Law, I see quite a few mentions about helping out the poor. Not by giveaways, but by lending them what they need (Deut. 15:7-8). It would seem to be logical to give away, But...

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How should I deal with panhandlers?

Question: What is your philosophy on panhandlers and what would you recommend one do when the city you’re in encourages people to put their money in change machines (they look like parking meters) supposedly for the purpose of helping the poor instead of giving to panhandlers directly? John Answer: Dear John, May we answer the...

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I Give Charity but See No Blessing

Question: I give tzedaka (charity) every month yet there is no blessing. Why? Asher Answer: Dear Asher, All of us sometimes focus on our personal situations and end up missing the bigger picture. We’re sure you know that the blessings that come from being charitable are not in the form of a ‘pay for play’...

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Am I wrong to accept gov’t. assistance?

Question: I have an ailment affecting daily tasks. My decline causes need for care. The system for this is through Federal assistance, etc. Were I better, I’d never ‘go on the dole’. Yet I am viewed as a taker.  Yet, did not my folk put forth that which was placed into the chest so to...

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Good Christians: Bad Christians – Originally published on Aug. 26, 2009

Sunday’s paper had a complimentary article about Richard Stearns, head of the Christian World Vision organization, known for tackling issues of worldwide poverty. It described Mr. Stearns’ transformation as a young man from agnosticism to committed Christianity and how his religious principles spurred him to leave a successful corporate position and use his skills for...

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With Charity for All? Not Exactly

  Economists and politicians can debate whether extending unemployment benefits is a needed crutch in hard times or whether doing so discourages too many people from searching wholeheartedly for work. Society, though, might gain from a different approach. It is an approach that I believe the author of the words, “with malice toward none; with...

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