Whoever cannot survive without taking charity, such as an old, sick, or greatly suffering individual, but who stubbornly refuses to accept aid, is guilty of murdering himself…yet one who needs charity but postpones taking it and lives in deprivation so as to not trouble the community, shall live to provide for others.” -Rabbi Joseph Karo (1488-1575), Shulkhan Arukh (The Code of Jewish Law), Yoreh Deah 255:2

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