“If your brother becomes poor and his means falter in your presence – hold him up.”
~ Leviticus 25:35
Most people will experience financial difficulties at some point in life. Therefore, Judaism encourages that we support one another
But why hold them up when you can just give them money?
This is a lesson in foresight. Don’t wait for people to actually fall into extreme poverty, rather strengthen them already from the moment their fortune turns for the worst.
It takes less energy and resources to support someone slipping, than it does to pick them up after they’ve fallen.