Poor people have the aspect of the letter ‘ד’ Dalet. The name of the letter also means ‘poorness’. The Zohar tells us to stay longer by the meal table to give opportunity for poor people to join and enjoy energy of life.
This spiritual aspect is about preparing enough food/sustenance to we are able to share with as many as we can.
Malchut is ‘poor’ because it doesn’t have light of its own. A poor person is considered as dead because they can’t sustain themselves. By giving Tzedaka, we draw light from the nine sefirot above Malchut to sustain the ‘poor’, which is Malchut below, with life force.
The Chassadim that comes with the act of Tzedaka bring the light of Chokmah that is called in this case, ‘אור החיים’ ‘Light of Life’.
It’s important to give on every opportunity, frequently, even small amounts because it creates continuation of flow of light in a person’s life and the world. Once a week before Shabbat is best time because the vessel of the giver opens the channel to receive from the Light of Shabbat that comes from Chokmah and Binah. Split your tithe into several amounts and give to those who reveal light in the world.
2 Samuel 22:28
“וְאֶת-עַם עָנִי, תּוֹשִׁיעַ; וְעֵינֶיךָ עַל-רָמִים, תַּשְׁפִּיל.”
“You save poor people, and your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.”
The sages teach us that the Holy One Blessed be He, gave us the quality of being poor. The question is why ‘poorness’ is considered as a quality.
Continued in the next DZ study