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Giving & Receiving

Tzedakah is a fundamental Jewish value—we are taught not only to be generous, but to avoid shaming those who are in need. But what happens when circumstances force us to ask for help? While on the receiving end—often for months at a time—some women grappled with feelings of exhaustion, frustration, and embarrassment, while others were surprised to discover that the experience of asking for help made them better at offering help to others.

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Receiving Help

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Giving & Receiving." (Viewed on December 11, 2023) <https://jwa.org/communitystories/katrina/themes/giving-receiving>.


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