If we can learn just one thing from the Rambam’s teachings, let us learn something that can carry us through in improving the world on a daily basis *today!* The Rambam is really the authority par excellence of the laws of charity. Contrary to popular belief, charity is not about feeling sorry for another’s apparent “misfortune”. It’s about establishing the world. If money makes the world go around, then it is people filled with kindness that will distribute it to make things happen!
The Rambam lists 8 different levels of charity. Each of us being filled with kindness wants to do only the best. We want the best house, the best car, the best computer and cell phone. Why not want the best of charity too?! Charity is not feeling sorry for the other. It’s about seeing the greatness of another and his potential. It’s about seeing what G-d has blessed them with, what they can give to the world – if only they have the means. It’s about supporting another, giving them a loan (to do what *they* want to make a success of life!) and bringing them in to your own business, showing them the ropes, making them feel good about being them. It’s not about dropping a penny into the old hat laid in front of them, worn out from people treading upon it as they walk down the street without a care for whoever gets in their way!
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