Occasions for Giving Tzedakah (Charity)

I loved this list and thought I would include it in my blog.

Occasions for Giving Tzedakah
(in addition to, or as one aspect of a regular pattern of giving) by Danny Siegel. (I tweaked it slightly.)

A. Concerning other People

  1. In honor of a birth, brit milah, baby naming, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, or other joyous occasion.
  2. In honor of a patriarch or matriarch who has reached a significant birthday: 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 90th or 100th up to 120th.
  3. To extend wishes for the recovery of someone who is sick.
  4. In memory of someone who has passed away.
  5. In honor of a conversion of a friend.
  6. In honor of major events in a person’s life: graduation, new job, etc.

B. Occasions in your own life

  1. Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, or other joyous occasion.
  2. Reaching a significant birthday.
  3. Upon recovery from an illness.
  4. In honor of your own graduation, new job, etc.
  5. Before candlelighting on Friday night.
  6. Before Jewish or non Jewish holidays, specifically to people and agencies that provide food for the poor on those holidays.
  7. At synagogue or church when you attend services.
  8. Upon arriving safely from a trip.
  9. Upon receiving a foundation grant or inheriting a sum of money or receiving any money as a gift.

Mitzvahs for my daughter and I today

11) Visited with an elderly neighbor friend who is recovering from an extended illness.

12) Brought some birthday cake over to one of Gabrielle’s friends who was sick and couldn’t make it to her birthday party.

13 & 14) Gabrielle asked me to tell the mom’s who might ask what she wanted for her birthday to donate to a charity in her honor. Two moms did just that. Also, a friend gave her $15 and she said she would like me to buy some flowers to bring to that friend when I visit her this week. I think that’s two mitzvahs for Gabrielle today!

Wow, this mitzvah thing is contagious.