The concept of Tzedakah is a hallmark of Jewish philanthropy. Tzedakah, the Hebrew word, refers to charity and philanthropy. Humanity is in the blood of Jewish people and they have followed the advice of their religious leader like Yechiel Eckstein. Jewish people take charity and philanthropy as social justice. They believe in donating to others and they feel more benefitted by becoming donor rather than by becoming recipient. Tzedakah builds trusting relationships, that is more than financial transaction. Jewish community is God fearing, honest, self-respected and trustworthy.
The ‘mitzvah of tzedakah’ in Judaism
There are over six hundred Jew commandments including mitzvah, which Jewish people are supposed to follow, and according to which doing good deed is an obligation. The ‘mitzvah of tzedakah’ is significant in the concept of Tzedakah. Jewish charity organizations like International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), Hadassah: Women’s Zionist Org. of America, American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee, PEF/ Israel Endowment Funds, and American Jewish Committee follow this concept.
Benevolent activities in Judaism
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews is a leading organization known for benevolent activities on global level the evidence of which is available in IFCJ reviews. The inspiration to set up this organization came from its founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who died recently after serving this organization for 35 years. But many other great Jewish leaders such as Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein made earnest efforts to serve Jewish community by way of charity for many years. Rabbi Eckstein had been a guiding spirit for Jewish community and his tenets were highly respected by the people having faith in Judaism.
Jewish community is unique
Jewish community is an entirely different community compared to many other communities that flourished in the Middle East region of the globe. Jewish community is known for one single self-identifying ethnicity and its followers have great keenness for humanitarian activities, not only for Jewish community but also for other communities.