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Unformatted text preview: I would have much rather given him something to eat, or taken him somewhere and sat down and had lunch with him, but that was not the assignment. If I did not have to give Tzedakah, the two dollars that I had would have probably stayed in my wallet until I had to buy food; I spend most of my money on food. Only because of the fact that I was forced, I did not feel generous. I felt like something better could have been done with that two dollars, and I should have had the right to choose what the act of Tzedakah should have been. Reflecting on the experience, I can connect it to texts we have studied in class, such as the text about the overly generous man. I gave the man on the street two dollars, which may not seem like much, but it was 100% of the money that I had that day. I was not in fact doing the right mitzvah. I learned that it is hard to think about the minute laws pertaining to Tzedakah while performing it, because the moment passes so quickly....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Frandina during the Spring '08 term at Johns Hopkins.
- Spring '08