Tzedakah is the Hebrew word for the acts that we call “charity” in English: giving aid, assistance and supporting a worthy causes. However, the nature of tzedakah is very different from the idea of charity. The word “charity” suggests benevolence and generosity, a magnanimous act by the wealthy and powerful for the benefit of the poor and needy. The word “tzedakah” is derived from the Hebrew root Tzedek from the letters Tzadei-Dalet-Qof, meaning righteousness, justice or fairness. In Judaism, supporting your community is not viewed as a generous, magnanimous act; it is simply an act of justice and righteousness, the performance of a duty. Are you ready to own it?