צדקה תציל ממות

On the subject of צדקה, the Gemara in בבא בתרא relates the story of a rabbi who was known as בנימין הצדיק. He was in charge of the public charity fund.

One day, a woman with seven sons came to ask Binyamin for financial help. He told her that he couldn’t help her as all of the funds were used up. The woman cried and said that she and her sons would die of starvation. בנימין הצדיק was moved and gave her money from his own pocket. He saved the woman.

A short time later, Binyamin became critically ill. The angels in Heaven pleaded on his behalf and said that saving one soul is like saving a world. Binyamin saved eight souls.

Binyamin was cured and lived another twenty two years. Another proof that צדקה תציל ממות, charity saves one from death!