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Intertestamental Judaism and Almsgiving

I'm reading through the Apocrypha right now, and I thought that this quote was interesting in the way it illuminates the importance of almsgiving in intertestamental Judaism.

"Prayer with fasting is good, but better than both is almsgiving with righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than wealth with wrongdoing. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold. For almsgiving saves from death and purges away every sin. Those who give alms will enjoy a full life, but those who commit sin and do wrong are their own worst enemies." Tobit 12:8-10