Chanukah and Tzedakah

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Chanukah and Tzedakah

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Chanukah is a time to give gifts to our loved ones. Chanukah is a special holiday which is often celebrated with dreidel games and lively parties. For many Jewish parents, the Festival of Lights is also the perfect time to teach their children generosity and to share blessings received by God.

Some families give tzedakah boxes to their children to teach the importance of generosity and the value of doing acts of goodness to others– a trait which is fundamental to Jewish culture.

There are many simple ways you can show generosity to your community during Chanukah. One way is to offer help to friends who may be in need (making errands or doing a chore). Chanukah is also a good time to volunteer at a homeless shelter and spend time with the less fortunate. You can donate money, old clothes or food. Ask your children to donate their old toys to poor children’s organizations. One of the best ways to promote giving and the spirit of charity is to dedicate the sixth night of candle lighting to prayers for the poor.  Donate the money which is intended for gift-giving to the charity. Encourage your children to support a particular charitable organization.

Celebrate Chanukah with a cause and promote the spirit of giving and compassion.

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Posted by Haydee on Thursday, October 14th, 2010. Filed under Jewish How To. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

  • Charitychoice

    A great idea to add charitable giving to your holiday traditions. You may also want consider utilizing Charity Gift Cards. A charity gift card entitles the recipient to donate the designated funds to the charities of their choice. You can see more about how to use charity gift cards at It’s a great opportunity for a meaningful project with kids. It opens discussions as to where to designate the funds and why.

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