- The greatest form of charity is to gainfully employ another, or purchase the useful produces of his labour, for if he can live of the fruits of his labour, he need never beg again.
- A lesser form of charity is to give another a gift or a business loan, for the purchase of plant, frontage or any other capital necessary or any training necessary in seeking gainful employment, for if he can live of the fruits of his labour, he need never beg again.
- A lesser form of charity is to give another in a time of need a gift in generous spirit, and with no obligation, for we all stumble at times, and need the help of another to get back on our feet.
- A still lesser form of charity is to give to a trusted organisation for a specific purpose, for whilst they may misuse it, you may not give again.
- A still lesser form of charity is to give unwillingly – either in mean spirit or on obligation – for a gift in mean spirit is no kind of gift at all.
- A still lesser form of charity is to support another entirely through charity with no obligations, for such encourages irresponsibility and dulls the spirit.
- It is no kind of charity at all to compel another to give through manipulation or coercion, no matter how worthy the cause.
With apologies to Maimonides.
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