On the radio last night they were talking about charity versus state help for those in need, especially as the number is likely to rise as we're in a recession. I'm not sure about the outcome of the discussion between an Anglican, a Catholic and a Jew but the rabbi said something very interesting.
She said that Jews -I assume she means practising Orthodox Jews - are obliged by scriptures to give 10% of their income to charity but that the word used for charity in that instance doesn't mean giving to the poor but rather evening-out the wealth. Which is a lovely way of putting it I think.
I don't think I've explained that very well. It is given to the poor but I suppose it's not seen as munificence but fairness.
P.S. I mistyped a word back there as intersting. Spellchecka asked me if I meant inters ting. Why would I mean that?!!!