A. Rav Asi.
Q. Does that mean it is greater than Torah study also. ?
A. No. By Torah study it says it is greater than all. Here it says equal to all Mitzvos.
Q. How is Tzedaka compared a suit of armor ?
A. Every small contribution combines to a great force of protection.
Q. What can be greater than the prayers of Moshe Rabeinu ?
A. Giving charity in a secret manner
Q. How many blessings does one gain for giving money to charity & how much more for adding kind words ?
A. 6 & 11. A total of 17.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.