The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism

@inproceedings{Gardner2015TheOO,
  title={The Origins of Organized Charity in Rabbinic Judaism},
  author={Gregg E. Gardner},
  year={2015}
}
This book examines the origins of communal and institutional almsgiving in rabbinic Judaism. It undertakes a close reading of foundational rabbinic texts (Mishnah, Tosefta, and Tannaitic Midrashim) and places their discourses on organized giving in their second to third century C.E. contexts. Gregg E. Gardner finds that the Tannaim promoted giving through the soup kitchen (tamhui) and charity fund (quppa), which enabled anonymous and collective support for the poor. This protected the dignity… 
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