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I saw videos on YouTube from Rebbe Lubavitch saying to give money to tzedakah to run better on business and to be blessed. I'm giving money for a Jewish charity institution in Brazil monthly to test this principle, but I don't know if it has some effect on non-Jews like me. Can you guys to tell me what you know about it?

Please, I need a response in simple English, because it's not my main language.

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    I believe in the book of Daniel, Daniel told the king of Babylon to give charity Nov 6, 2023 at 23:51
  • Can you post a link? Nov 7, 2023 at 0:06
  • Is your question whether non-Jews should give charity, or whether there's a promise that will help with their business?
    – Shalom
    Nov 7, 2023 at 1:04
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    @RaulValdezJr. thanks it's Daniel 4:24. Daniel advises King Nubuchadnezar: , . "Redeem your sin with charity, and your perverseness with gifts to the poor, so you shall prolong your tranquility." וַחֲטָאָךְ בְּצִדְקָה פְרֻק, וַעֲוָיָתָךְ בְּמִחַן עֲנָיִן; הֵן תֶּהֱוֵה אַרְכָה, לִשְׁלֵוְתָךְ
    – Shalom
    Nov 7, 2023 at 1:07
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    As often happens, Rashi's commentary is Jewish-specific; he says this was because a lot of Jews were in need at the time. Malbim's commentary tends to focus on general good governance; he notes that in 4:9, Nebuchadnezar said his dream featured a tree "with food for everyone in it ... and all would be nourished by it"; in 4:18, Daniel explains that the king is the tree "with food for everyone." He skips the part about "and everyone could eat." Translation -- the kingdom has the resources to feed everyone, but the king is stealing from the poor.
    – Shalom
    Nov 7, 2023 at 1:16

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You will get some reward for giving charity. I'm not sure that you will find a definitive answer on whether that will necessarily be a reward in this world (as opposed to the afterlife) or more specifically whether it will affect your business. However, it would make sense that it should do so, because we know that God rewards people in-kind for the type of good deeds that they do, so if you are trying to improve your financial position, helping others financially makes sense if you are trying to be rewarded in that way. You are also demonstrating that you are using the resources that God has given you in a positive way, which may also help you be rewarded with more.

I don't think it necessarily needs to be a Jewish charity for it to work, but there may be extra reward for that. There are other factors to bear in mind as well. For Jewish people, there is a whole hierarchy of these. I'm not sure if they also affect non-Jews giving, but it makes sense that they should do so. The way in which you give may also be a factor - giving in person generously in a way that makes the recipient feel good about themselves is considered to be ideal. In fact, one of the best forms of charity is to help someone become more financially self-sufficient rather than needing to rely on charity. This can take the form of things like an interest-free loan to help them start a business - in some situations it may be kinder to someone to lend them money than to give it to them as this is often better for their self-esteem.

There may be other things that are worth considering as well. Charity is not limited to money, but you can give your time as well - eg. volunteering or other acts of kindness that help people or improve the world in some way. Praying is also something that is not limited to Jews - you can ask God for whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are, and this is a good thing to get into the habit of doing, even if you are asking for something fairly trivial. There are no special words that you need for this - just ask in your own language.

With all of these things, your intent is likely to be an important factor. There is nothing wrong with doing something for the reward, but it is even better if you have in mind that you want it to have the effect of making you a better person and bringing you closer to God.

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  • Thank for your answer! This question about charity appears to be obvious, but other day I discovery that Gentils can't keep shabbat. I saw more than one video saying that are some kind of death penalty for the gentil to keep shabbat. For example: youtube.com/watch?v=_vQwg1iKbyY So I became fear with myself doing tzedakah thinking that instead of making a good thing I could was doing a bad thing to myself and for others. Nov 8, 2023 at 18:30
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    @JordanGaspar that's a specific problem with Shabbat. Giving charity and acts of kindness are a good thing for everyone. Also, FYI, if a non-Jew kept Shabbat because he didn't realise that it was a problem, he wouldn't be punished. In general most punishments aren't applied when someone is ignorant of the consequences - there may be a lesser one in some cases, and of course there are situations where something is clearly wrong just based on basic human morality, but other than those, don't get too worried about that kind of thing! Nov 8, 2023 at 18:55

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