Category Archives: A Jewish Lens on Taxation

Tax Season

Matt Shapiro
March 31, 2013

Tax season provokes a good deal of anxiety for me each year; even receiving W2s in the mail makes me nervous. I’m always convinced i’m going to forget something, check a box I shouldn’t, fill out the wrong form, resulting in the most horrifying of all tortures in America: the tax audit. Given both the More »


Fear, Power and Taxes

Rabbi Justin Goldstein
March 28, 2013

American culture, from day one, has been based on fear of power and distaste of taxes - these attributes were very much the motivation of the revolution which shook off the British from the colonies, and over two hundred years later, these attributes encourage much of the debate and discord in our political dialogue. There More »


Pay, But Not Quietly

Rabbi Amitai Adler
March 25, 2013

When TS Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month,” I doubt he was thinking of Tax Day, but there is little doubt that many of us feel that Eliot’s famous words could just as well apply to April 15. Nobody likes having to pay taxes. Nobody likes having to give up their hard-earned money, More »


Misheberakh upon filing your taxes

Rabbi Juan Mejia
March 22, 2013

Ribbono shel Olam, Master of all the Universe, who knows the name of every star in the heavens and can count each grain of sand under the stars, who accounts for every thought in of the human heart, help me now.  Grant me the honesty to correctly assess my duties, knowing that these are the More »


Who Gives?

Avram Mlotek
March 18, 2013

Money and monetary wealth are not something the Jewish tradition shies away from. In the recent Torah portion of Teruma we saw how gold is put to a positive use with the construction of the mishkan, the tabernacle, providing a portable spiritual base as the Israelites traveled through the desert. In the coming parasha of More »


The Tzedakah Tax

March 15, 2013

It is without a doubt that heavenly forces, be they deistic or not, work in mysterious ways. Cleaning house just the other day I had the common experience of finding some spare change. I made a neat pile of it and when done with tidying I took the change and placed it in a little More »


The Synagogue Tax - Or can I pray for free?

Rachel S. Harris
March 13, 2013

Taxes are a way of working towards the collective good; which sounds like a nice idea – until we have to pay them. So then why pay the self-imposed tax of synagogue membership? Yes of course synagogue represents the collective good: all those nice services, provisions for children and the elderly, maybe even an education More »