“There must be justice not only in how the law is applied, but also in how the means of existence – wealth as God’s blessing are distributed. That is tzedakah. ”
“Charity is a form of prayer, a preliminary to prayer. With its combination of charity and justice, its understanding of the psychological as well as material dimensions of poverty, and its aim of restoring dignity and independence, not just meeting needs, tzedakah is a unique institution. Deeply humanitarian, it could not exist without the essentially religious concepts of divine ownership and social covenant. To know God is to act with justice and compassion, to recognise his image in other people, and to hear the silent cry of those in need. ”
“We own what we are willing to share. That is tzedakah: charity as justice. ”