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Mark Zuckerberg's Stunning Act of Jewish Piety

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Mark Zuckerberg stunned the world yesterday. Not with the announcement of a baby girl. Everybody knew that was coming. It was an accompanying letter outlining his and his wife Priscilla's plan to donate 99 percent of Facebook stock (valued now at $45 billion) to a foundation.

5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish Holy Days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year?

Discover the Secret to Live Long and Prosper on #GivingTuesday

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Giving enhances living. The more we give, the more we live. This truths operates on a psychological, sociological and economic level.

A Rabbinic Riff on Capitalism (Sparked By the Magnificent Philanthropy of J.K. Rowling)

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.02.2014 | Money
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

JK Rowling has given away about 160 million dollars. That's a lot of good being done by one very good, talented and successful person. You might, th...

VIDEO: A Rabbi's Plea: Wave Money, Not Chickens

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 11.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Today, because it is impossible to do it in a kosher way, we must perform the ritual with money. Rabbinic sources including the Chayei Adam and Mishna Berurah are clear that when the ritual cannot be performed in a kosher way it is preferable to use money.

The Jewish Approach To Welfare And Unemployment

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 06.20.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Judaism recognises that unemployment has a psychological as well as economic dimension. As a matter of religious principle, job creation must be at the centre of any long-term welfare policy. Human dignity requires no less.

I Need Only Remember My Name: Thoughts on Holocaust Memorial Day

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

I don't need Holocaust memorials to remind me of the loss of Lejzor Trajster and his family, or any of the rest of our families that by chance and the cruelty of nations never made it out of Europe. I need only remember my name.

Doing Good While Cleaning For Passover

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

Before you start emptying your cupboards and fridge directly into a garbage bag, consider the people who search through garbage bags like yours every day in search of scraps to ward off hunger.

How Judaism Affects My View And Values Of Money

KidSpirit | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion

From giving tzedakah to making sure I don't spend all my money on myself, my religion has fully shaped my monetary mindset.

A Resolution To Serve And Innovate

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

As the new year begins, instead of just making a resolution to lose five pounds or to call your mother more often (both fine objectives), make a commitment to think differently. Pledge to look around your community and think about what is needed.

Understanding Sandy: A Letter to Our Son

Gabriel Blau | Posted 11.02.2012 | Queer Voices
Gabriel Blau

It was a moment that, if you choose to become a parent one day you will understand, made us a little nervous. Should we let you see these pictures or just close the laptop and tell you it was nothing?

Superheroes, a Hermit Crab and Lessons about Charity

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 09.08.2012 | Parents
Linda K. Wertheimer

Since Simon turned 2, my husband and I have tried to downplay materialism and play up the importance of helping others, even while knowing the concept of charity is hard for a young child.

Jewish Soldiers Perform Selfless Acts of Kindness

Amy Koplow | Posted 07.28.2012 | Religion
Amy Koplow

The young soldiers of West Point performed the ultimate act of kindness in Judaism -- chesed shel emet, an act of loving kindness which cannot be repaid by the recipient of the act.

HuffJummah: The Power Of Unconditional Giving

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, "Richness does not come from having an abundance of things from the earth, but richness comes from having a richness of the soul."

Tzedakah: 9 Designs That Challenge Our Notions Of Philanthropy (PHOTOS)

Ruth Messinger | Posted 06.23.2012 | Religion
Ruth Messinger

Looking at these pieces of art gives me great hope that a new generation of globally conscious designers are celebrating the critical role that tzedakah plays in today's world and that the next generation of Jews will both give and talk about giving.

Charity And Compassion: A Purim Lesson In Giving

Gavriel Brown | Posted 05.06.2012 | Religion
Gavriel Brown

One of the major mitzvot of Purim is giving gifts to the poor. We must respond to poverty through solidarity, identification, understanding and kindheartedness. But never through shame.

Choosing Justice: We Can't Consume Our Way To A Better World

Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster

We must make ethical buying choices because it is the right thing to do. But we can't end there. We must raise our voices and tell the corporations that we will not eat or wear the products of exploitation.

How Do The Candidates Give?

Barbara Dobkin | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Barbara Dobkin

We now know how wealthy some of our presidential candidates are -- but what we really need to know to judge each one's character is how they give those funds away.

The Economics Of Generosity: A Homeless Man's Advice To Restaurateurs

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Restaurants often chase the homeless away, instead of inviting them to the backdoor for a warm meal. Let someone else give them a hand, I have heard said too many times.

A Toddler Christmas

Rhiana Maidenberg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Parents
Rhiana Maidenberg

Nearly thirty years later, my mom still won't tell me how that sack found its way under our tree. Maybe I don't really want to know; it lets me believe, if not in Santa, in the kindness of family, friends and possibly even strangers.

Tithing: Sharing God's Abundance

BJ Gallagher | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

Tithing was something I had wanted to do for a long time, but I was afraid -- afraid I would not have enough money to meet my needs, afraid of financial insecurity.

Jewish Americans More Likely To Give To Charity, New Study Finds | Tom Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Tom Jacobs Miller-McCune New research finds Jewish-American families are more likely than those of other faiths to give to charities focusing o...

NYC Marathon 2009: Running Rabbis Race For Charity

The Jewish Exponent | Fredda Sacharow | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In their day jobs, they deliver sermons, chant Kabbalat Shabbat services, teach Hebrew school, cram for rabbinical-school exams, and conduct funerals ...

Will A Vow Of Poverty Fill The Void In My Soul?

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

As I approach my fiftieth birthday, I am feeling incomplete. Part of me - my soul? - is still missing. In secular terms, I think I am not yet in tou...