UT Talk: Dr. Gregg E. Gardner | Shalom Austin
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UT Talk: Dr. Gregg E. Gardner

October 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


This talk explores the origins of the concept of charity (tsedaqah) in Judaism. This lecture will explore how the earliest rabbis (second-third centuries CE) saw the problem of poverty as a problem of wealth – how it is gained and lost, how it distinguishes rich from poor, and how to convince others to part with their wealth and give it to the needy. In many ways, the earliest conceptions of wealth and charity in rabbinic Judaism differed from what they would later become. This lecture is based on my new book, Wealth, Poverty, and Charity in Jewish Antiquity (University of California Press, 2022)