Midrash Leviticus Rabbah 34:.1

 

ויקרא רבבה לד:א

Original Text:

אמר ר. יונה :"אשרי נותן לדל" אין כתיב כאן. אלא "אשרי משכיל אל דל" הוי מסתכיל בו האיך לזכות עמו.

Translation:

Rabbi Yonah said: The verse does not say "Happy is the one who gives to a poor person," rather, it says: " Happy is the one who considers the poor person" (Psalms 41:2). therefore, you must consider how best to benefit such a person.[AJWS translation]

Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. What is the difference between giving to the poor and considering the poor?
2. How can we consider the poor? What questions should we consider?
3. How can we determine how to best benefit the poor?

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