While it is commendable to aid students of the Torah more than commoners, the Jewish law knows no such distinction. The latter must be aided. [Hasidic Anthology]
Suggested Discussion Questions:
1. What are the hierarchies of tzedakah that we have created and follow?
2. Is a tzedakah hierarchy implemented in Israel? Do commoners and students of Torah receive the same amount of aid? How do you respond to this?
Time Period: Modern (Spinoza through post-WWII)