The importance of giving charity is not so much the mitzvah itself (although that is very important) or the poor person having your gift (also important), but your learning to be generous even when you don’t want to be. How can you open the door to God if you can’t open the door to your heart?

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Ozer Bergman
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Ozer Bergman is an editor for the Breslov Research Institute, a spiritual coach, and author of Where Earth and Heaven Kiss: A Practical Guide to Rebbe Nachman's Path of Meditation.

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