zedaka, zedakah, tsedakah, tsedaka, tzedaka, tsedoke
- charity, money given to charity
- "We give tzedakah every Sunday in Hebrew school."
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Who Uses This
Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
Literally, "righteousness." Came to mean "charity" because it is one of the basic acts of righteousness. Related to "tzadik," a righteous person, not necessarily a donor.
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