Project #2: Tzedakah Box of Kind Words
Tzedakah translated from Hebrew can mean many things, most commonly it is thought of as "charity". It is closer in meaning to "doing right," implying an obligation to help others — financially, materially, spiritually and in any way possible. This project is inspired by the Tzedakah Box, a Judaica object that was prototyped in the First Temple in Jerusalem (972 bce), as a means for giving financial charity. Later on in the 1800s, it became more of a household object, inspiring giving to become a family weekly ritual.
Instead of contributing money, anyone can slip paper with kind words or sayings into these boxes, for future inspiration. I took the Campers on a journey from brainstorming what kindness is to them and what's it like to give and receive, to researching the historical significance of Tzedakah Boxes. Before beginning their hands-on creations, my Campers became acquainted with the 11th Century Jewish Philosopher, Maimondes and his "8 Levels of Charity" .
I prototyped and laser cut the Tzedakah Boxes using cardboard.
The final version was laser cut using birch plywood.