Today is January 26, 2020 -

Let all who are hungry…

There is an interesting debate going on in the Jewish world today regarding the “Jewishness” of charitable work. Do we consider an organization “Jewish” if the people doing the helping are Jewish or do those being helped have to be Jewish as well? Hillel asked, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” But he continued, “and if I am only for myself, what am I?” The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), one of our longtime grant recipients, uses the tagline, “We used to take refugees because they were Jewish, now we take them because we’re Jewish.”
Judaism teaches about our obligation to feed the hungry. To paraphrase from our Tanach, we are to leave the edges of our fields for the poor and share our bread with the hungry. Locally, we have food pantries (including Shalom Food Pantry) and soup kitchens, all of which feed Jews and non-Jews alike.
Next week, we’re going to learn about a special program that feeds the hungry in Israel. Leket Israel’s mission is “to lead the safe, effective, and efficient collection and distribution of surplus nutritious food in Israel to those who need it,” and their tagline is “rescuing healthy food for Israel’s needy.”
Please join us for lunch on Tuesday to hear about this exciting program. RSVP to ensure that we have enough food.

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