Another area in which it is necessary to “contemplate the needy” is with regard to the Torah education of the children of a poor person. As is well known, someone who is financially needy does not have the resources to pay for his children’s Torah education, nor can he teach them himself. They therefore remain completely ignorant and occasionally they even become completely irreligious as a result. It is therefore a great mitzvah to educate these children and to enroll them in a school where they can learn Torah. It is very common that once they begin learning Torah they become very successful at it, as our Sages said: “Be heedful of the children of the poor, for Torah will go out from them” (Nedarim 81a). And the merit of one who actively involves himself in this endeavor is very great. Our Sages said about this: “He who teaches Torah to the son of an ’am ha-aretz, even if the Holy One, blessed is He, makes a decree, He annuls it for his sake” (Bava Metzia 85a).
כ׳ באלול ה׳תש״פ
Hashem says to you what is the best and what he demand from you, just do good deeds and Ahavas Chessed and meekness with Elokecha (Micha 6,8) 1