Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. Why does the Mishna calculate poverty, for the purposes of tzedakah, in terms of one's liquid, rather than total, assets?
2. Why is it necessary to have a homiletic punishment for people who violate these laws?
3. What value is there in not accepting tzedakah, even when one could take it? Does one who needs tzedakah and accepts it also possess special merit?