A man was walking by a beggar, when the poor soul asked for help. “I’m sorry, brother,” said the man, “but I have no money.”
The beggar began to weep. The man leaned over and said, “I’m truly sorry, but I really don’t have any money.”
“You don’t understand,” the beggar said, “that is not why I weep. I weep because no one called me brother before.”
From this week’s Torah portion, Behar/Behukotai: “If your kinsman, being in straits, comes under your authority…you shall uphold him…that your brother may live with you.” (Leviticus 25:35-36)
What we give may not be as important as how we give.
-Rabbi-in-Residence, Rabbi David Vorspan