At the entrance of Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, is a most beautiful garden lined with carob trees planted to honor the righteous gentiles of the Holocaust.
The Hebrew word charuv, carob, is connected to the word cherev, war, I imagine because the fruits of a carob tree are shaped like swords. Yet at heart, they are the opposite. War is bitter and devastating. Carob is sweet and sustaining.
Israel honors the 23,000 righteous gentiles of the Holocaust. If they were ever to be in financial need, Israel would support them the rest of their lives just as they supported and saved Jews.
Maimonides taught that there are eight levels of charity, each one higher than the next. On the lower level is giving grudgingly. On higher levels are giving generously, giving anonymously, and giving in such a way that enables the recipients to provide for themselves.
Similarly, I would…
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