Mark Zuckerberg stunned the world yesterday. Not with the announcement of a baby girl. Everybody knew that was coming.
It was an accompanying letter outlining his and his wife Priscilla’s plan to donate 99 percent of Facebook stock (valued now at $45 billion) to a foundation.
The foundation will address global issues like disease, poverty and lack of educational access around the world. If Zuckerberg’s success with Facebook is an indication, his and Priscilla’s giving will improve the world.
A 4000-Year-Old Tradition
As a rabbi, what truly inspires me is not the amount. It is the way Zuckerberg is following a 4000-year-old Jewish tradition. Tzedakah–the Hebrew word meaning both “charity” and “justice”–is a core Jewish value, as important as prayer and study.