This week’s parsha post was written by former Yahel participant and Yahel intern Laurie Hunt.
In this week’s parsha, we learn about giving a tithe–or a portion of our fruits–to the poor. We read, “When you have finished tithing all the tithes of your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give [them] to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, so that they can eat to satiety in your cities.”
“כִּי תְכַלֶּה לַעְשֵׂר אֶת כָּל מַעְשַׂר תְּבוּאָתְךָ בַּשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁלִישִׁת שְׁנַת הַמַּעֲשֵׂר וְנָתַתָּה לַלֵּוִי לַגֵּר לַיָּתוֹם וְלָאַלְמָנָה וְאָכְלוּ בִשְׁעָרֶיךָ וְשָׂבֵעוּ:”Giving a tithe was important in those days because it allowed the people to ensure that everyone living in the land was able to eat, despite their wealth or class. Today, while few of us have farms or give tithes, we must continue to help those in need in many different ways. To ensure justice and food security for everyone, we can each give a portion of what we have.