Midrash Tehillim, Psalm 41
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מדרש תהלים (בובר) מזמור מא
אמר ר' יונה אשרי משכיל ונותן אל דל, מהו משכיל, שמסתכל וחושב עליו היאך להחיותו
Rabbi Yoni said “Happy is one who is thoughtful of the person in need” (Psalms 41:2). What does “thoughtful” mean? That the giver examines the situation and contemplates how best to to give life [to the needy]. [AJWS translation]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What kind of social justice model does this text advocate? What kind of model does it negate?

2. How can we be thoughtful when we give tzedakah? How can we improve our interactions with the receivers of tzedakah?

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Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)