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According to Maimoides
- The person who gives reluctantly and with regret.
- The person who gives graciously, but less than one should.
- The person who gives what one should, but only after being asked.
- The person who gives before being asked.
- The person who gives without knowing whom one gives, although the recipient knows the identity of the donor.
- The person who gives without making one’s identity known.
- The person who gives without knowing to whom one gives. The recipient does not know from whom he receives.
- The person who helps another to support oneself by a gift, loan, or by finding employment for the person, thus helping that person to become self-supporting.
Things to remember
- The dignity of the poor must always be respected.
- Helping people to help themselves is the greatest form of Tzedakah.