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middot generosity

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middahOpen your heart and give often.

Generosity is giving to others, whether prompted or not. Those who are generous will reach out unsolicited to those around them, lightening their load and brightening their days. Generosity imbalance, however, can appear in two ways. On one hand, being overly generous can bring one’s finances to ruin, while not being generous at all leads to miserliness and greed. A properly displayed trait of generosity knows when to give and how to give, and with the right spirit.

featured articles


One of my favorite jokes is a story of a group of scientists who, convinced that they don’t need God anymore, proceed to attempt to prove it by making a human being out of the dir...
by rabbi benjamin ehrenfeld in daily living
Travel always provides lots of opportunities for practicing the middot—standing in a TSA security line is ideal for developing patience; staying strapped into a narrow seat on a c...
by rabbi russ resnik in torah
When people think of generosity, they usually think of gift giving, especially during the winter holidays.  The focus is on what you give and what you get. ...
by rabbi michael schiffman in daily living
As it is said, And you shall love Hashem your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. . . . And with all your might means with all your wealth. A...
by rabbi russ resnik in daily living
The Hebrew phrase for generosity is nedivut, which also means magnanimity. ...
by rebbetzin malkah in meditation
And Jacob uttered a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and He will guard me on this way, upon which I am going, and He will give me bread to eat and a garment to wear; And if I r...
by rav rafael in torah
If there will be among you a needy person, from one of your brothers in one of your cities, in your land the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, and you ...
by rebbetzin malkah in torah
Once a very rich man, Yossele, was considered a stingy, mean miser.  Everyone was sure that he shared his wealth with no one, never gave to anyone – ever.  Everyone in t...
by riverton mussar in stories

 

accounting


Use these questions to evaluate your day: What were the seeds that started to erode your generosity today? Think of how you used the resources around you today (money, natural, ...

quotes


"Therefore, a man should take care to be generous according to his means, to be magnanimous where magnanimity is called for…weighing all in the scales of Torah." -- The Ways of th...

 

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daily living


One of my favorite jokes is a story of a group of scientists who, convinced that they don’t need God anymore, proceed to attempt to prove it by making a human being out of the dir...
I am increasingly aware that time is one of the most valuable things in my life. There is so much to do and so little time, as the saying goes. My chevruta and I have often discus...
When people think of generosity, they usually think of gift giving, especially during the winter holidays.  The focus is on what you give and what you get. ...
As it is said, And you shall love Hashem your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. . . . And with all your might means with all your wealth. A...
A friend on facebook sent me the following craigslist advertisement: “I have an unused bad of corn meal mix that I am not using. Any needy or hungry person may come and get the...

torah


Travel always provides lots of opportunities for practicing the middot—standing in a TSA security line is ideal for developing patience; staying strapped into a narrow seat on a c...
And Jacob uttered a vow, saying, "If God will be with me, and He will guard me on this way, upon which I am going, and He will give me bread to eat and a garment to wear; And if I r...
If there will be among you a needy person, from one of your brothers in one of your cities, in your land the Lord, your God, is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, and you ...

besorah


Our society has a somewhat dysfunctional approach towards generosity at this time of year. By and large the expectation is that if you receive a “holiday” gift from anot...
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corrod...

mesorah


The act of giving is a relatively simple thing. When you give you are simply transferring something that was once yours to someone else. It is entirely possible to give angrily, hap...
(Below are excerpts from Chapter 4 of Shmoneh Prakim by Rambam regarding generosity.)  Similar is generosity, which is the middle between stinginess and wasteful extravagance....

meditation


The Hebrew phrase for generosity is nedivut, which also means magnanimity. ...

stories


Once a very rich man, Yossele, was considered a stingy, mean miser.  Everyone was sure that he shared his wealth with no one, never gave to anyone – ever.  Everyone in t...

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