Section: Tzedaka Category: Minhagim
|Parshas Re'eh: Why Tzedaka In The Name Of Rebbi Meir Baal HaNes?|
Turnisrufus the Rasha asked Rebbi Akiva, if your Hashem loves poor people so much why does he not give them money to sustain themselves? Rebbi Akiva answered that Hashem does this to save us from Gehinom (Bava Basra 10a).
Based on this the Ben Ish Chai brings from the Emes L'Yaakov, that when we give tzedaka we give it in the name of Rebbi Meir Baal HaNes. If the whole reason to give tzedaka is to make Hashem happy that we are sustaining his children, this would only apply if the poor person is doing the will of Hashem. If he is not, Rebbi Yehuda says that he is called Hashem's slave. We want our tzedaka to help Hashem's children, and only according to Rebbi Meir is every poor person Hashem's child, even if he is not performing the mitzvos as commanded.
This week in Parshas Re'eh the torah commands us to open our hearts and wallets to the poor. Don't deprive Hashm's children!