Tree of Life Tzedakah Box
In the Torah, the Tree symbolizes the Jewish people. The Roots are our ancestors, the Trunk corresponds to the people of Israel who were redeemed from Egypt, the Branches represent the tribes of Isarel, and the Fruit are the good deeds perfromed by each Jewish soul. Honor the ancient tradition of charity with this gift, perfect for any occasion.
Tzedakah is a Hebrew word commonly translated as charity, though it is based on a root meaning justice. In Judaism, tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to perform charity and philanthropic acts, which Judaism emphasises are important parts of living a spiritual life. Tzedakah is seen as a religious obligation, which must be performed regardless of financial standing. Maimonides was driven to enumerate the forms of charity, from the greatest to the most weak Giving a person independence so that s/he will not have to depend on tzedakah. Maimonides enumerates four forms of this, from the greatest to the weakest: Giving a poor person work. Making a partnership with him or her (this is lower than work, as the recipient might feel he doesn't put enough into the partnership). Giving an interest-free loan to a person in need. Giving a grant to a person in need. Giving tzedakah anonymously to an unknown recipient via a person (or public fund) which is trustworthy, wise, and can perform acts of tzedakah with your money in a most impeccable fashion. Giving tzedakah anonymously to a known recipient. Giving tzedakah publicly to an unknown recipient. Giving tzedakah before being asked. Giving adequately after being asked. Giving willingly, but inadequately. Giving "in sadness" - it is thought that Maimonides was referring to giving because of the sad feelings one might have in seeing people in need (as opposed to giving because it is a religious obligation). In practice, most Jews carry out tzedakah by donating a portion of their income to charitable institutions, or to needy people that they may encounter; the perception among many modern day Jews is that if donation of this form is not possible, the obligation of tzedakah still requires that something is given. Special acts of tzedakah are performed on significant days; at weddings, Jewish brides and bridegrooms would traditionally give to charity, to symbolise the sacred character of the marriage; at Passover, a major holiday in Jewish tradition, it is traditional to be welcoming towards hungry strangers, and feed them at the table; at Purim it is considered obligatory for every Jew to give food to two other people, in an amount that would equate to a meal each, for the purpose of increasing the total happiness during the month. In addition, one must be very careful about how one gives out tzedakah. It is not sufficient to just give to anyone or any organization, rather, one must check the credentials and finances to be sure that the tzedakah will be used wisely, efficiently and effectively. It is taught that tzedakah money was never yours to begin with, rather, it always belongs to the recipient, and hence you have an obligation to give it AND to give it away to places that use it efficiently and effectively.
Each piece is hand cut and assembled, fired and slumped in our studio. No two are exactly alike. Signed by artist.
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|Dimensions||3" x 3" x 6"|