It was a great plan...but it didn't quite work out.
First, let me back up and explain: why the focus on tzedakah? Well, because it is one of the Jewish values and practices that I think is the most beautiful and the most just. The Rambam (Maimonides) wrote extensively on tzedakah, and he explains that giving money to people who need it is the way to live out the Torah value of, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Vayikra 19:18):
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