There is a Jewish mystical concept that by the merit of giving tzedakah (or learning Torah or doing a good deed) in memory of a loved one, we can help their soul ascend on its journey (aliyat ha-neshamah) in the next world.

A humanistic understanding of this would be that we elevate their memory in this world. However you view the process, giving in memory of a loved one is a beautiful Jewish custom that maintains our connection with those who have passed on. The Hebrew word Tzedakah means “righteousness” or “justice” as much as charity.

Consider and Comment: Tell about a special Tzedakah project that you have done, or participated in, for someone’s memory.

Image: Tzedakah box, displaying the Hebrew word for righteousness or charity

Explore Mussar, a concept of ethical development, or return to the Gateway of Mountains.

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