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Why Loans?

By offering loans rather than charity, Hebrew Free Loan helps people become, and remain, self-sufficient.

While the philosophy is simple, it is based on a biblical mandate from G-d to the Jewish people. In Parashat Mishpatim, G-d tells Moses and the people of Israel that they may not derive personal benefit from loans made to members of their community – in other words, they may not charge interest.  This is the foundation – the inspiration – for our work.

Watch the video below to learn why Hebrew Free Loan is a modern day example of this age-old Talmudic teaching: