Why We Give. What is Tzedakah?

Although we translate tzedakah as charity, the concept is broader, and deeper in meaning.


Tzedakah is fundamental to Judaism; it is at the very heart of who we are as Jews.

Tzedakah is not a choice. It is one of the 613 mitzvot, or obligations that we live by. Many of our sages considered it the most important commandment.

The root of the Hebrew word is tzedek—justice, or righteousness. In the Bible, tzedakah means “righteous behavior.” We do not give to charity out of kindness alone.

We perform acts of tzedakah as we seek to create a just world.

The commandment of tzedakah is so important that the recipient of our charity is considered to be granting us a favor by allowing us to fulfill our obligation.

The poor must also give what they can, so that they, too, are able to perform mitzvot.

Acts of tzedakah are equal in weight to all the commandments. (Talmud)


Sha'arei Israel/Chabad Of Raleigh, is asking you to come forth and help in any way that you can. In order to continue to provide the services and educational programs that so many throughout the Jewish community depend on, we need a lot of support from the community.

Whether it is sponsoring a kiddish, membership dues, donations or even starting a fundraiser, We would very much appreciate your support and hope to see you and your family for years to come.

1) To sponsor a kiddish go  click here  for the info .

2) To Donate for any cause, whether it be for a yarzeit, a bris, or for a holiday click here.

3) For any fundraising ideas, Please contact Linda at info@jewishraleigh.org and she will set you up with the appropiate parties.

4) To become a member at our warm and inviting congregation click here  to grow with us!!

 We thank you for your continued support and hope to have you as part of our family!!!!