Friday, 27 October, 2017
- Care for the poor;
- Strengthening families;
- Maintaining progressivity of the tax code;
- Raising adequate revenue for the common good;
- Avoiding cuts to poverty programs to finance tax reform; and
- Incentivizing charitable giving and development.
Levels of TzedakahCertain kinds of tzedakah are considered more meritorious than others. The Talmud describes these different levels of tzedakah, and Rambam organized them into a list. The levels of charity, from the least meritorious to the most meritorious, are:
- Giving begrudgingly
- Giving less that you should, but giving it cheerfully.
- Giving after being asked
- Giving before being asked
- Giving when you do not know the recipient's identity, but the recipient knows your identity
- Giving when you know the recipient's identity, but the recipient doesn't know your identity
- Giving when neither party knows the other's identity
- Enabling the recipient to become self-reliant