Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Gifts to the Poor 7:2
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רמבם, הלכות עניים ז:ב
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וכל הרואה עני מבקש והעלים עיניו ממנו ולא נתן לו צדקה עבר בלא תעשה שנאמר (דברים טו:ז) לא תאמץ את לבבך ולא תקפוץ את ידך מאחיך האביון.
And any who sees a poor person begging and hides his eyes and does not give him charity transgresses a negative commandment, as it says (Deuteronomy 15:7), “Do not harden your heart or close your hand from your poor brother.” [AJWS translation]
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What does it mean to hide your eyes? In what ways to do we hide our eyes every day?

2. What would happen if we never hid our eyes? How could we work toward that goal in a way this is sustainable for us?

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Time Period: Medieval (Geonim through the 16th Century)