Providing for Others

Ecclesiastes 5:17 — It is good, yea, it is beautiful, to eat and drink and to experience goodness with all his toils under the sun.

Exodus 25:2 — Of every man whose heart prompts him to give you shall take my offering.

Genesis 18:8 — Abraham stood over them and they did eat.

Genesis 24:19 — When she had finished drinking, she said, \'Let me draw water for your camels so they can drink their fill.

Gittin 61a — We support the non-Jewish poor along with the poor of Israel.

Grace After Meals — And may we never lack any good thing.

Isaiah 58:7 — Share your bread with the hungry and take the poor into your home.

Jeremiah 29:7 — Seek the peace of the city in which you live, for though its peace you shall have peace.

Leviticus 19:9-10 — And when you reap the harvest in your land, you shall not reap the corners of your field...You shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.

Leviticus 25:35-37 — When your brother Israelite is reduced to poverty and cannot support himself in the community, you shall uphold him...

L’Man Achai Prayer — Let me strive after good things for you.

Maimonides, Mishneh Torah Hilchot Issurai Mizbayach 7:11 — When you give food a hungry person, give him your best and sweetest food.

Mishnah Sofrim 3:14 — We must not eat food disgracefully and we must not throw food from place to place.

Moed Katan 9a — There is no happiness without eating and drinking.

Proverbs 9:2,5 — She has prepared the feast, provided the win, and also set the table...\'Come eat my food and drink the wine I have ready.\'

Psalm 82:4 — Rescue the lowly and the needy...

Rabbi Yisrael Salanter — True salvation can come only to a person who renders service to the community.

Rav Hai Gaon — Three possessions shall you prize, A field, a friend and a book.

Samuel 1:17 — \'Then\', said Eli, \'go in peace, and may the G-d of Israel grant you what you have requested.\'

Samuel I 22:22 — You are under my protection.

Samuel II 6:19 — (David) distributed to all the people...a loaf of bread, a portion of beef and a container of wine.

Sefer Maalot Hamiddot — When he chances on something to eat, he calls on his fellow to eat with him. Sometimes he even chooses food and places it before them.

Song of Songs 2:3 — Under its shadow I delighted to sit, and its fruit was sweet to my taste.

Ta’anit 20b — Whoever is in need, let that person come and eat.

Talmud Derech Eretz Zuta 9 — Always be happy when you are sitting at your table and those who are hungry are enjoying your hospitality.