In the Spring of 2008 i set myself on a spiritual journey. In that search i ventured to a number of beliefs and ended up picking up a college course on world religions. This exposed me to the virtues and principles that blew my mind and sparked a change within me. I read the 8 Laws of giving “The Tzedakah” by Maimonides and this is definately worth sharing with you. Feel free to comment on the post and share with friends. Peace
MAIMONIDES 8 LAWS OF GIVING
- The highest degree, exceeded by none, is that of a person who assists a poor Jew by providing him with a gift or a loan or by accepting him into a business partnership or by helping him find employment — in a word, by putting him where he can dispense with other people’s aid.
- A step below this stands the one who gives alms to the needy in such a manner that the giver knows not to whom he gives and the recipient knows not from whom it is that he takes.
- One step lower is that in which the giver knows to whom he gives but the poor person knows not from whom he receives.
- A step lower is that in which the poor person knows from whom he is taking but the giver knows not to whom he is giving.
- The next degree lower is that of him who, with his own hand, bestows a gift before the poor person asks.
- The next degree lower is that of him who gives only after the poor person asks.
- The next degree lower is that of him who gives less than is fitting but gives with a gracious mien.
- The next degree is that of him who gives morosely.
Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) was also known as Rabbi Moses ben Maimon or the Rambam. One of the greatest Torah scholars of all time, he was a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain, Morocco, and Egypt during the Middle Ages. He was the preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher whose ideas also influenced the non-Jewish world.