Jewish Rituals: Tzedakah

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In short, Tzedakah is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call "charity" in English. Tzedakah is also about giving aid, assistance, and money to the poor and needy or to other worthy causes. "It's not what one says, but rather what one does, that makes all the difference in the world."

Generally, when donating to Jewish causes, people tend to donate $18 or multiples of 18. Why? Well, 18 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word "chai" which means "life." It is a Jewish custom to give monetary gifts in increments of 18, thus symbolically blessing the recipient of the gift with a good long life. When giving charity, the number 18 has another significance. It expresses our prayer that the merit of the charity given stand in our good stead, that we blessed with life and prosperity.

There are tons of organizations that are accepting Tzedakah. We would like to give you at least five different organizations to choose from or you can choose one of your own organizations to donate to.  

 

Posting Requirements


  1. Click on the name of the organization above to be taken to their Donate/Tzedakah page. 

  2. Fill out the online donation form and donate $18.

  3. Take a screenshot of your computer screen once you've submitted your donation form and make sure it has your name and amount you donated.

  4. Very briefly explain which organization you donated to and why you chose that organization.