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Silver Charity Box

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tzedakah


Small Russian tzedakah (charity) box with hallmarks of Moscow, c. 1896-1908. The Art Nouveau floral engraving is typically Russian for the period in which it was produced.

In Judaism, the Hebrew word tzedakah refers to the religious obligation to give money and perform charitable acts. It is seen as an important part of Jewish spiritual life for rich and poor alike. Special acts of tzedakah are performed on occasions such as weddings, mourning periods, and certain holidays.

Donated by Erna Levy
M2007/071

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