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The Power of Tzedaka: My Sons' Secret to Winning at Monopoly
One third of annual charitable giving happens in December. Why? Ostensibly, the end of year deadline for tax benefits wakes donors up. A recent Monopoly game with my kids reminded me of additional reasons to prioritize the giving of tzedakah.
Our sages determined that 10% (ma'aser) of our income is the proper amount one should give as tzedakah, and that the fulfillment of this mitzvah brings great reward. Aside from elevating our character and bestowing spiritual merit, the sages attest that giving tzedakah actually strengthens and expands the foundations of our material wealth.
That's why my sons instituted the rule of paying 10% of all Monopoly income to the Free Parking pot. Pass go? Collect $200 and give $20 to the pot. Bank error in your favor? Collect $100 and give $10.
In our recent game, I built hotels on the lucrative green and blue monopolies and awaited their demise. MORE