By: Sarah Safdie (11th)
In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Tazria, G-d teaches the Jewish people the details of the sacrifice a woman must bring after giving birth. The Torah states that a woman must bring the korban according to how much money she is able to spend. The Torah teaches us that a person needs to bring an animal offering to Hashem based on their financial abilities for the purpose of the sacrifice to be fulfilled. If someone gives a korban that does not meet their financial status, then their offering is not accepted.
The same thing applies to our lives. We should always try to perform acts of kindness to the best of our abilities. Regardless of the action, G-d values the kindness based on the person doing it. A poor person who gives money to a charity will receive the same reward from Hashem as a rich person who donates a higher amount of money to a charity. This is because Hashem wants us to do mitzvot based upon our honest abilities. We should remember to always give not based upon our desire, but rather based upon our ability.