Tzedakah (justice or charity) box
On View In:

Artist:   Artist Unknown  
Title:   Tzedakah (justice or charity) box  
Date:   c. 1920  
Medium:   Brass, other metals  
Dimensions:   6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 in. (16.51 x 10.8 x 10.8 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Harold and Mickey Smith  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Tzedakah (צדקה), meaning justice, righteousness, or charity, is one of the most honored practices within Jewish tradition. The purpose of giving charity is to remember those less-fortunate in times of celebration and remembrance, such as major holidays, weekly Sabbaths, weddings, and memorials. Tzedakah boxes, such as this, are often placed in homes, synagogues, and public locations so those who wish can give anonymously and charitably. The funds donated are then given to assist those in need. This inscription of this box mentions the funds being specifically used to aid orphans (יתומים) and the poor (ואביונים).

Object Description  
Classification:   Judaica  
Physical Description:   brass box with handle; slit in hinged lid; decorated with Hebrew and repoussé image of woman and boy on front  
Creation Place:   Asia, Israel, , ,  
Accession #:   98.136.10  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts