Now take those experiences that came to your mind and evaluate them considering Jewish Rabbi Maimonides’s Golden Ladder of Charity.
Rung Number One: When contributions are given with a heart that does not really want to.
Rung Number Two: When a person gives less than he should but does so happily.
Rung Number Three: When solicited and donor gives directly to the poor.
Rung Number Four: When one directly aids the poor without being asked.
Rung Number Five: When the person receiving the charity is aware of who gave it, but the donor is not aware of who is receiving it.
Rung Number Six: When the giver of the gift knows the recipient, but the recipient is unaware of who the giver is.
Rung Number Seven: When assistance is provided in such a way that the giver and the receiver do not know each other.
Rung Number Eight: When poverty is prevented and independence is encouraged through substantial gifts, employment, or education.
A fun exercise would be to try write an example of times when you have experienced the giving and receiving end of each level. Feel free to share any experiences you have had with this in the comments below so we can all benefit in our charity.
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