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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Worship, Conversion, Intermarriage (5/12)
Section - Question 11.7.1: Charity: What are the levels of giving?

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                                  Answer:
   
   Maimonides defines nine levels in giving charity (Tzedakah):
    1. Giving assistance to a someone who has fallen on hard times by
       presenting a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with the
       person, or finding them work, thereby helping that person to
       become self supporting.
    2. Giving assistance in such a way that the giver and recipient are
       unknown to each other.
    3. Donations to the community charities, which should only be done if
       there is confidence that the charity is administered in an honest,
       prudent, and efficient fashion.
    4. Donations when the donor is aware to whom the charity is being
       given, but the recipient is unaware of the source.
    5. Donations when the recipient is aware of the donor's identity, but
       the donor still doesn't know the specific identity of the
       recipient.
    6. Donations where each party knows the other, but the gift is given
       unasked.
    7. Donations where each party knows the other, but the gift is given
       only after a specific request.
    8. Donations where each party knows the other, but the gift is given
       only after a specific request, and the donor gives less than
       should be given (but does so willingly).
    9. Donations given grudgingly.
       
   (based on Yad, Matanot Ani'im X 1-14)

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