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We both bring the practice and value of charity to our relationship. It is central to Judaism, other faiths, and our personal beliefs, and we wish to honor it as as we celebrate our marriage. The word Tzedakah derives from the Hebrew word tzedek, which means justice or righteousness - doing the right thing. Giving charity is not viewed in Judaism as an act of generosity by those who have for the benefit of those who have-not. Rather, it is simply a human responsibility to give of time and money to help others in any way possible. The philosopher Maimonides wrote, “Even a poor person who lives entirely on tzedakah must also give tzedakah to another.”

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