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The Moral Costs of Jewish Day School The Moral Costs of Jewish Day School
Monday, May 20, 2013 by Aryeh Klapper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

As Jewish Ideas Daily nears its re-launch, we look back at some of our highlights over the last three-and-a-half years—beginning with Aryeh Klapper's day-school proposal, first published May 14, 2012.
Tithing and Taxes Tithing and Taxes
Friday, April 12, 2013 by Shlomo M. Brody | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

A significant proportion of tax revenue is used for charitable purposes: food stamps, Social Security, housing assistance, public healthcare.  May Jews therefore count tax payments as charitable contributions?
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Prolonging the Inevitable Natan Slifkin, Rationalist Judaism. Private donations to the haredi kollel system in Israel help to ensure that haredi men never acquire the skills they will need when they are forced to enter the workforce.
What Makes Purim Tzedakah Different? Yossi Prager, eJewish Philanthropy. "All year long we seek to be instrumental in our giving of tzedakah. On Purim, however, we give because we feel the emotional need to do so." 
Philanthropy Discovered Ben Sales, JTA. "We serve in the army and pay high taxes.  We think we give a lot."  But many Israelis are changing their minds and starting to donate to private charities.
Does Klal Yisrael Work Both Ways? Stephen G. Donshik, eJewish Philanthropy. When European or Israeli Jews are in crisis, American Jews send money.  So where is the aid from Israeli and European Jews for the Jewish victims of Hurricane Sandy?
The Endangered “New York Jew” Jack Wertheimer, Commentary. If one insists on indulging in the dubious exercise of identifying types of Jews who are “undeserving,” it behooves us to ask who, in fact, is most worthy of communal support: those who are failing to raise and nurture a successor generation of Jews or those who are producing and educating enough Jewish children to make up for the indifference of the rest? 
The Visionary Joshua Runyan, Tamar Runyan, The true scope of businessman and philanthropist Sami Rohr’s charity is still not fully known, and perhaps may never be.