Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Why Give?


   by Reb Gutman Locks

Why Give?

 

     Giving tzedakah (charity) is a Biblical commandment, so surely this is the reason we should give it. But when someone asked an elderly chassid why he gave tzedakah he did not answer because he was commanded to give it. He answered, "Because the poor guy needs it."

     These are two very good reasons to give charity; we are commanded, and it helps people who need.

     If neither of these reasons moves you, here is a third; According to two new studies conducted by researchers with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, it makes us happier to give to others than it does when we give to ourselves.

     You want to be happy? Give some charity to a poor person. He'll get happy. You'll get happy. And G-d will get happy, too.

     Great reasons to give.

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