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A New Bucket

For Hanukkah, Lillian found and gave me a perfect new bucket for the pond.

One of Maimonides, the medieval Jewish  scholar, most famous ideas was his Eight Levels of Giving.  They are still very germane today.  According to the list the highest level is giving a loan to a person in need and the lowest is “giving unwillingly.”   I’ve reprinted the entire list below.

Rebecca remembered that I wanted a new computer game and got me hooked happily on WarLight.

I was reminded of Maimonides classification system during this years Hanukkah gift giving extravaganza.  A gift has to fill needs of both the giver and the receiver.  Many don’t.  Some gifts are bought on demand, some are given as a duty and some are perfect, filling a need the recipient didn’t know they had.  I decided to write a list of the Eight Levels of Gift Giving.  Originally I had seven levels but Fred R suggested that a list that refers to Hanukkah should have eight.  The first level is most preferable but most gifts are appreciated:

  1. A Gift that the receiver wanted but didn’t expect.
  2. A Gift that creates new opportunities for the recipient.
  3. A Gift that is made or discovered rather than just purchased.
  4. A Gift that is purchased because the giver would like to have it.
  5. A Gift that is purchased because it is easy to buy or generic.
  6. A Gift that is outside the expectations of cost or effort.
  7. A Gift that is specifically requested or clearly needed by the recipient.
  8. A Gift that is purchased by the recipient and labeled as if from the giver.

I loved these kitchen utensils when we saw them in Israel.  Nurit found them and bought me the set.

I was lucky enough to get three gifts from the first level this year.  All of which are used to illustrate the article.

This is taken from Wickipedia.  Maimonides lists his famous Eight Levels of Giving (where the first level is most preferable, and the eighth the least):[43]

  1. Giving an interest-free loan to a person in need; forming a partnership with a person in need; giving a grant to a person in need; finding a job for a person in need; so long as that loan, grant, partnership, or job results in the person no longer living by relying upon others.
  2. Giving tzedakah anonymously to an unknown recipient via a person (or public fund) which is trustworthy, wise, and can perform acts of tzedakah with your money in a most impeccable fashion.
  3. Giving tzedakah anonymously to a known recipient.
  4. Giving tzedakah publicly to an unknown recipient.
  5. Giving tzedakah before being asked.
  6. Giving adequately after being asked.
  7. Giving willingly, but inadequately.
  8. Giving “in sadness” – it is thought that Maimonides was referring to giving because of the sad feelings one might have in seeing people in need (as opposed to giving because it is a religious obligation; giving out of pity). Other translations say “Giving unwillingly.”

 

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  • Wally Geer January 9, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Let me start by saying that in Simon’s early days in California to say he was “the Bucket Man” is understatement at best. During that time period, his car was “the Bucket Mobile”, his girlfriend (in the dark ages prior to him meeting Nuriet) was “Ms. Bucket” and his right hand man at the Bucket Factory was an immigrant from India with an incredible work ethic that we affectionately referred to as “Ma-Hot Ma-Bucket” (the little know nephew of Mahatma Gandhi who came to America to make buckets). I will confirm that I was at the great Bucket Party, but really can’t say much more about it. Much like Las Vegas, “What happens at a Bucket Party, stays at the Bucket Party”.

  • Simon January 9, 2012, 6:29 pm

    Wally I had forgotten about Mahatma Bucket. Those were the bad old days.

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