Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 63a
תלמוד בבלי שבת סג.
(אמר רבי) אבא אמר רבי שמעון בן לקיש: גדול המלוה יותר מן העושה צדקה, ומטיל בכיס יותר מכולן.
R. Abba said in the name of R. Simeon ben Lakish: the person who lends money [to a poor person] is greater than the person who gives charity; and the one who throws money into a common purse [to form a partnership with the poor person] is greater than both. [translation by AJWS]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. According to this text, what is the best way to help a poor person? Why might this be the best way to help?

2. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Time Period: Rabbinic (Maccabees through the Talmud)