1:1 “And from your flesh and blood you shall not look away.” (Isaiah 58:7)
It is important to help all people but sometimes we overlook those close to us. At times we might even hurt them in order to give to someone else. It is certainly good to give to others but let us make sure we are also not neglecting our family.
1:2 “But thou shalt surely open thy hand unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need [in that] which he is wanting.” (Deuteronomy 15:8)
Surely to most that are in need you should open your hand but you should also make sure to give what a person truly needs. There are times when a person comes for money or looking to a shadchan for a match but they need something else. We have to take notice of others and not just send them off not knowing if we have really helped them.
1:3 “A man’s wealth will redeem his soul.” (Proverbs 13:8)
When you give charity to a yeshiva or organization you become part of their entire mitzvah. At this very moment there could be a young boy, who is now an adult and great Torah Scholar and you ten dollars went to part of his cheder, elementary tuition. There are tremendous zechusim, merits that become accumulated over the years from Tziddakah.
1:4 “In the path of charity there is life; in the way it leads, there is no death.” (Proverbs 12:28)
When a person looses their money, it can be compared to death as a poor man is consider dead in many ways. One cannot loose by giving charity to worthy causes. You will not become poor.
1:5 “He who closes his ears to the cry of the poor will himself cry out and not be heard.” (Proverbs 21:13)
There are very few guarantees as to whether or not an individual prayer will be answered. Certainly the giving of Tziddakah is a powerful expression of love not only to the person you are giving but to Hashem. If you saw your own son gives to another with so much love and sweetness, would you not yearn to reward him?
1:6 “And your charity shall go before you.” (Isaiah 48:8)
You know how whenever you are nervous about something, you send someone else to check it out first before you. The same thing we should do with charity, we should always give it before we approach Hashem. It will then open the door for everything else that takes place thereafter.
1:7 “Will you not break your bread to the hungry?” (Isaiah 58:7)
Other mitzvos don’t really require the breaking of oneself as does the giving of charity. When you give charity, you are taking your very sustenance and sharing it with others. For some, its comparable to giving over their very life.
1:8 “Happy is he who considers the poor; on a day of evil the Hashem will deliver him.” (Psalms 41:2)
The charity that a person gives will always stand by him during times of judgment.
1:9 “If there be among you a poor man of one of your brothers in one of your gates in your land that the Hashem you Hashem gives to you, do not close your hand to your poor brother.” (Deuteronomy 15:7)
If the poor man is one of your brothers then obviously he is in your gates. Your gates are obviously in your land so why were both of these things told? Hashem is very suddenly reminding us that everything we have comes from Him and therefore, we should not be stingy with the poor.
“One man gives freely yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give and only suffers want.” (Proverbs 11:24)
It is natural for people to assume that possessing money will solve their yearnings. This is not the case though. The only person that money brings happiness too is the person that gives it away.
“He who is gracious to the poor lends to the Hashem, and He will pay him his reward.” (Proverbs 19:17)
Everything we own truly belongs to Hashem. We have been appointed Hashem’s accountants to distribute His money to the proper sources. By doing Hashem’s will and using ones possession in order to help others, Hashem rewards us by entrusting us with even more of his accounts.
“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing but righteousness delivers from death.” (Proverbs 10:2)
When a person has many possessions and keeps them for himself, his treasures are fruitless. If a person gives constantly of himself, his live becomes very meaningful. A person is not really living unless he performs acts of righteousness on a regular basis.
“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Hashem.” (Psalms 33:3)
When a person doesn’t give of themselves to others, then the world is closed to them. If one gives to others then the world opens for them. The more you give, the more the world’s keys unlock!
“The generous man will be enriched, and he who satiates will himself be satiated.” (Proverbs 11:25)
When a person is poor, it is Hashem testing him to see if he can trust him with his treasures. As soon as he sees he can be trusted with a little, He gives him a little more. The more trustworthy, the more he continues to give him. How do you gain Hashem’s trust, you give!
“On account of the oppression of the poor, on account of the sighing of the needy, now I will arise”, says Hashem; “I will grant deliverance”
It’s easy for those who have sufficient means to offer praise to Hashem. When those who are lacking look to Hashem, when they sigh, their prayers go through all the gates. It is through their simple cry that deliverance descends through the world.
“Offer offerings of charity and trust in the Hashem.” (Psalms 4:6)
What is the purpose of a korban, offering to Hashem? It is to take something deer to us, a piece of our livelihood and give it back to Hashem. This is an ultimate form of belief.
1:17“Thou shalt surely give him and thy heart shall not be grieved when thou givest to him: because for this thing the Hashem thy Hashem shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that to which thou puttest thy hand.” (Deuteronomy 15:10)
Normally when a person spends money they feel grief in their heart. This is because they are so attached to their money that they feel a tremendous loss. This is not the case when a person gives charity. Hashem will bless the work of their hands. It is not that they will physically be consoled in a way clearly apparent to them but it would be in a more concealed way. If they are not going to see the return of their charity since it could come back in a more concealed way, how will they not greave then? Besides physically, Hashem will also fill their neshamah with that which it is lacking.
“Well will it be with the man who is kind and lends his money; he will guide his affairs with justice.” (Psalms 112:5)
There are people who give with a happy continence but inside, they are really not giving with all their heart. This person that gives to others with the sweetness of their heart, all their affairs will be completed with sechal, (understanding).