Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, quoted in Hasidic Anthology
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)