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Not The Correct Charity


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From that day onward the judge became a changed man. He took an active interest in the community and he was always first when it came to helping others.

When people asked Reb Nachum how he came to help such a man and his family when they were so bad and would have nothing to do with their fellow Jews, he replied, “A man’s behavior and actions, whether bad or good, is G-d’s affair. We must do what we are told when it comes to helping a human being. When it comes to giving food we do not look at a man’s actions but only that he is created in the image of G-d and we are told to help all of his creations. For if we were to examine every person’s actions, woe be to us if G-d were to look into our behavior.”

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