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Postby admin » Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:24 am

\tsuh-dah-KAH; tsuh-DAW-kuh\
1. Hebrew. charity or the giving of charity.

Frequently translated as “charity,” the word “tzedakah” comes from a Hebrew root meaning “righteousness” and “justice.” The prototype tzedakah (pronounced tze-DA-ka) box can be traced back thousands of years, described in an Old Testament verse that relates how the First Temple in Jerusalem collected donations for its repair in a chest with a hole bored through the top.
-- Laura Joseph Mogil, "A History of Giving," New York Times, September 16, 2007
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