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Author:  SW
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Date:  1/6/2005 10:49:00 AM
Subject:  Tzedaka
Message:  Marc's post on Tzedaka made me think to ask the following:

How do you explain to your kids, after all they are taught about tzedaka, why so many of us don't give to certain people? The resident schnorrers outside just about every kosher supermarket in the NY area come to mind. The one that hang out by the Kotel are another.

I think I've been doing OK with it but was wondering how you and the readers deal with it? Or am I the only one who finds this offensive?
   
Reply:  Let me tell you a Gemara in Kesubot Daf 68 (1st line). The Gemara says "let us be appreciative of the liars, because if not for them we would be sinning every day." Rashi explains that we ignore the poor people, but the liars cause us to do it. Look it up. It is a good education for children.
This that it says you have to give them to eat. None of the guys collecting out there have nothing to eat. In the rare case that they are starving then they just don't want to go to the free soup kitchens. That is not our responsibiliy.
CYA

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