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On the contrary, intentions are what matter. A poor person doing everything he can is treated just the same by God as a rich person doing everything he can. We can learn this from the classic statement אחד המרבה ואחד הממעית - ובלבד שיכוון ליבו לשמים (Whether one gives a lot or a little, the important thing is his intent). The source is about size of the ...


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On the contrary, the penultimate Mishnah in Chapter 5 of Pirqe'i Avot states (my translation): בן הא הא אומר, לפום צערא אגרא Ben He He says, 'According to the pain is the reward' Since each marginal dollar from the poor man is a higher percentage of his income, he receives greater reward for nevertheless choosing to give to others beyond the ...



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