My wife came to me last night with the subsidized (more or less at cost) food ordering list for Passover. Chicken is only $5 a kg ($2.30 a pound). Shmurah Matza is only $18 a kg ($8 per pound). Wine is $5 a bottle. My daughter's shoes have holes and her Shabbos shoes broke the strap. New clothes? That's not even open for discussion. And, as the vegetable sellers told my wife in the shuk (open market), buy this week because we're doubling prices next week!
B"H, I still have 1/2 a job! I am NOT asking for your help. However, our neighbors here in Israel are. The first of the month is this week, many a family will be struggling to make sure they pay their rent and aren't on the street for Passover - forget about wine, matzah and maybe a chicken!
This year we don't need to say times are tough, this is headline news and direct experience many can see directly.
Halacha says the poor of your community come first, then other communities. BUT, the poor of Eretz Yisroel are considered the same as the poor of your own community! For most in the US and Western nations, charity is an organizational affair. But here in Israel as we encounter those in our neighborhood and by the grocery store in need, in very serious personal desperate need, charity is a personal affair and our collective personal responsibility.
B"H, I know I'll have food on my table for Passover - I don't know if my neighbors will! No, let me correct that - I know some of my neighbors will NOT!
So we're appealing to you. We are not an organization, we have no office overhead, nobody on salary, every single dollar / shekel / euro / kronor / pound / rubel given will go directly to those in need (minus the credit card & paypal processing fee, about 3%).
We are not taking one penny or agara! Yes, our personal situation is difficult (Rabbi Nati's much more so.) But this is purely for others - we will have no taint of personal motive or inappropriate use of tzedakah (charity), G-d forbid! (If you'd like to 'tip the bloggers for Passover', I'm putting a separate button for that. If you only want to do 1 transaction, you can mention in the Paypal message/comment box how much for the tip from the total amount entered.)