|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
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The Jewish people have always held philanthropy in high esteem. From time immemorial it has been known as "tzedaka'" that means "justice" in Hebrew, and that is commonly used in the meaning of "donation", "charity". Tzedaka is one of the most important commandments, which form the basis of the world. The history of the Jewish people demands that every Jew, be he rich or poor, should apportion from 10 to 20 percent of his income to tzedaka. The Holy Jewish books say that even the poorest who live off tzedaka themselves must apportion part of it to other people in accordance with their income.