by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Do we help the poor, or do we let them suffer? After all, WE didn't cause their circumstances. We've worked hard, been responsible, and are doing just fine, thank you very much. Maybe if THEY would work a little harder, learn to be a little more responsible, THEY'D be ok too.
Besides, if they're poor and needy, everything is as G-d wants it to be. Therefore, He wants them to be poor and needy. THEY'RE supposed to be poor and needy.
And I pay taxes, lots of taxes. The government will help them.
It's easy to justify not helping. It's easy to say others will take care of it. But Rabbi Nati and I refuse to sit by when WE can do something. We refuse to watch our neighbors here in Israel crying and begging, and wondering if they'll have food on their table for Passover. Of course, we can't do it alone. Only with YOUR help can we make a difference.
We're just two guys (no organization overhead, no office costs, no salaries, no costs) trying to do what we can. But what do you know about us?
Please take 2 minutes and 20 seconds, watch our video appeal with Rabbi Lazer Brody, shlita (of the Lazer Beams blog and Emuna Outreach).
In Israel charity is a personal affair and our collective responsibility. Every single dollar / shekel / euro given will go directly to those in need (minus the credit card processing fee, ~3%). We are not taking one penny or agara (G-d forbid)! If you'd like to 'tip the bloggers for Passover' and help us personally for Passover, there's a separate button for that. [If you want to do 1 transaction, you can mention in the Paypal message/comment box how much for the tip from the total amount entered.]
In helping the poor, WE have the opportunity to GIVE like Hashem gives. And by doing so, we open the door to many blessings. A kosher and happy Passover to everyone!
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא