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    Giving & receiving – Re’eh

    The phrase naton tittein, “you shall surely give” (Deut. 15:10) means, in Rashi’s view, that there is never a moment when you’ve done enough giving.

    You have to keep giving even up to a hundred times. However, the word “hundred” is not necessarily to be taken literally. One should never say, “I’ve done giving”.

    The Chafetz Chayyim says that every time you give something, the yetzer ha-ra questions how pure was your intention. He adds that if you constantly give, it becomes part of your nature.

    There is an interpretation of naton tittein which says something additional, that in giving you actually receive.

    What you give to others makes their lives easier; it also makes your own life more meaningful and worthwhile.

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