This letter is long over due but as the saying goes, "Better late than never." I was one of your recipients of tzedakah (charity) for the Passover holiday. You can not begin to understand how much it helped! Here I was worried over being able to purchase the basic necessities for the holiday, and then children were asking for new shoes (theirs were torn and worn out.) Then came an illness that required medicine that was expensive.
My thoughts were constantly over which has priority: medicine or shoes or food for the holiday? I davened (prayed) to Hashem to help, but was very worried over the conflicting needs. Then Hashem sent you as a Shaliach (messenger). I have no idea how you heard about me and my plight but you truly came at the right time. Your readers gave openly and with simcha (joy) for the holiday. I was able to fulfill all three obligations (of Passover) and cover our urgent needs with peace of mind.
I come before you again now requesting help. With Elul (the Jewish month right now) the school year is beginning and that means purchasing books (in Israel the parents buy paperback school books each year), school supplies, uniforms and shoes. Baruch Hashem (thank G-d) there are organizations that help with school supplies and books.
Yet, the High Holidays are around the corner. It's not just Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur, but Succot and Simchat Torah. Before the debts from the school needs have even had their first payment, meals and other holiday necessities are at hand.
I am not only asking for myself but for the other individuals that you and your readers have helped this past year. We say in the prayers on Rosh Hashannah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom KIppur (the Day of Atonement) "...Teshuvah (repentance) Tefilah (prayer) and Tzedakah (charity) ma'averin et roah ha'gezerah (erase the evil decree)."
So please ask your readers to donate and we the recipients will bentch (bless) you and them and their families to be inscribed for a year filled with Bracha (blessing) and Parnassah (livlihood), and truly most important Beriut (health).
Dear friends and readers. Your tzedakah (charity) will go to help many families facing dilemas of what to forgo for the holiday. Those in need always face challenging times, but looking in the faces of hungry children during the holidays who simply can't be provided the merest taste of a "sweet" new year is just too much. If you are blessed to be able to help the needy in Israel this year, please join us in doing so.
As always, we do not take a single dollar, shekel, pound, euro, or rubble. Overhead costs are purely those of credit card processing and check cashing (around 4%). There are many worthy organizations helping for the holidays, and we encourage you to help them out (see our sidebar for our recommendations). But we would appreciate if you would help us help those we see directly in need who we simply can't pass by.
(Of course, if you'd like to tip the Bloggers for the holidays - we'll happily accept and enhance our holiday with your help.)
Wishing you a Bircat Ketivah V'Hatimah Tovah (to be blessed with by being written and sealed for a good year) with many blessings from Hashem, and hopefully this year with the ultimate blessing of Moshiach tzidkaynu and the Geulah.