Lending

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  1. It's a biblical mitzvah to lend to a Jew who is need of borrowing money [1] even if he is rich but doens't have the money right now. Additionally it's a greater mitzvah than giving tzedaka because the receiver isn't embarrassed. [2]
  2. There's a mitzvah to lend out objects that another Jew is in need of borrowing. [3]
  3. The measure for this mitzvah is each person according to their abilities. [4]

Sources

  1. Shemot 22:24
  2. Ahavat Chesed (authored by the Chafetz Chaim) 1:1
  3. Ahavat Chesed 1:2 explains that even though this doesn't fit into the category of the mitzvah to lend money but it certainly fulfills a mitzvah of chesed.
  4. Ahavat Chesed 1:4