Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why help others?


“Among the roots of this mitzvah [of lending to the needy] is that Gd desired for His creations to be trained and accustomed in the traits of generosity and mercy, which are admirable.

"As a result of people's habituation to these good traits, they will be suited for receipt of good themselves. We have said that good and blessings come to those who are good, and not to those who are of the opposite. When Gd does good to those who are good, His desire to benefit the world is fulfilled.

“If not for this reason [to encourage people to help others], Gd would provide the needs of the pauper without our involvement.”

(Sefer haChinuch, Mitzvah 66)

Have a great day,

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