I really don’t trust anyone who films themselves doing nice things. It removes all genuineness from the act. If you can’t just give the man a sandwich or the boy some shoes without a recording you clearly have an ulterior motive. 

also thanks for exposing this person to the internet at what could be their most trying time. do you really think anyone wants to be filmed while someone buys them one cheap meal that will last them a few hours? society already treats poor people like shit. don’t make it worse.


Going to use this as a teachable moment: Judaism also says DON’T DO THIS. The best way to help someone is without making a show of it, and to help people help themselves. Give in ways that respect the recipient’s person-hood, not the donor’s ego.

Maimonides made a scale of eight levels of giving. Here are the ways to give from worst to best in the words of Jewish Virtual Library:

  1. When donations are given grudgingly.
  2. When one gives less than he should, but does so cheerfully.
  3. When one gives directly to the poor upon being asked.
  4. When one gives directly to the poor without being asked.
  5. Donations when the recipient is aware of the donor’s identity, but the donor still doesn’t know the specific identity of the recipient.
  6. Donations when the donor is aware to whom the charity is being given, but the recipient is unaware of the source. Giving assistance in such a way that the giver and recipient are unknown to each other. Communal funds, administered by responsible people are also in this category.
  7. The highest form of charity is to help sustain a person before they become impoverished by offering a substantial gift in a dignified manner, or by extending a suitable loan, or by helping them find employment or establish themselves in a business so as to make it unnecessary for them to become dependent on others.