Meaning of tzedakah in English:


Pronunciation /tsɛˈdɒka/


mass noun
  • (among Jewish people) charitable giving, typically seen as a moral obligation.

    ‘one common form of tzedakah was to allocate a portion of the harvest for the poor’
    • ‘While tzedakah is a Jewish obligation, it is not meant to be fulfilled in a rote or soulless way.’
    • ‘For American Jews, confining tzedakah to Jewish causes cannot fulfill the Psalm's deeper meaning.’
    • ‘Goldberg is doing Rothstein a favor by giving him the opportunity to perform the mitzvah of tzedakah, or charitable giving.’
    • ‘Jewish law puts a limit on tzedakah, charity, of 20 percent of one's earnings.’
    • ‘In the Jewish tradition of tzedakah, owners of property are required to care for those in need.’


From Hebrew ṣĕḏāqāh ‘righteousness’.