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Borrow and lend: social exchange and the gemach
(Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University, 2008)
This article focuses on a Jewish lending organization known as thegemach.Thegemach, most often found among Orthodox Jews, provides a mechanism to share and circulate a wide variety of items including ritual objects, clothing, furniture, cell phones, computers, and EZ Pass stickers. Participation in agemachallows members to practice religious ideals of compassion for others, to share resources, and to recycle items no longer needed in a meaningful way. The reasons for the growing practice of thegemachand some of its problems are discussed....