Charity begins at home, but in the words of Rabbi Natan Levy “Charity may begin but should not end at home.” Charity is a missionary work historically in Islam and Christianity. Sikhism, the youngest religion has a different and broadened aspect of charity because followers of this religion believe in charity, irrespective of religion, caste and creed.
Jews and tzedakah
Jewish are world famous for tzedakah which, among Jewish people, refers to charitable giving. It is a moral obligation in Jewish community which is following principles of Judaism. Tzedakah is specific Jewish ethical practice, besides others such as loving-kindness, compassion, peace, truth, justice, self-respect, and humility. Rabbis are religious leaders of Jews who are followed and respected for their teaching. Yechiel Eckstein was one of the famous rabbis who lived during 19th centuries.
Traditional Jewish rabbi leader
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein was respected for his logical concept of charity. He was a believer of absolute charity. His principle of charity was similar to others, but his perspective on charity was different. He wanted charity for every needy individual. Many literatures have debated on social responsibility, but very few have been able to elaborate its meaning explicitly. The focus of Rabbi Eckstein was to understand the law of concentric responsibility in simple terms. He differentiated between poor and desperately poor. If we understand his ideology, then everyone should get something in charity.
Jewish international charity organization
The concept of charity was further broadened by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). There are different IFCJ reviews on charity. This Fellowship was supported by World ORT to achieve its broad objective of charity. The Fellowship progressed under prominent leadership of its founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who was supported by Yael Eckstein and George W. Mamo as its president and Chief operating officer respectively. This fellowship is a true example of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and charity.