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January 16, 2010
January 19, 2010 8:25 PM
Hi Lori- Will you be teaching anytime in Jerusalem in the next 6 months? My husband and I met you at the Ben Gurion airport this summer when you were meeting your women's group. I also waved to you when you were on the roof of Aish for dinner with your group and we were on the roof of Isralight.
Kol Tuv- Miryam
January 19, 2010 8:03 PM
As a kollel couple on a very tight budget, my husband & I were discussing one night that if we give all the maaser we should, that we might not be able to cover our expenses. I said "no, Hashem promises to take care of us" & we went ahead & gave. That month I got an 800 shekel (about $215) anual bonus (which goes very far on our budget), plus $700 for helping to arrange a shidduch! See Hashem takes care!!!!!!!!! p.s. these types of stories happen all the time if you keep your eyes open.
January 19, 2010 4:00 PM
the pleasure of giving
When my first child was coming up for Bar Mitzva everyone at our sinagogue had "themes" basebal, hollywood, etc I suggested to my husband that instead of balloon and flowers to decorate the tables at our luncheons, we decorate with baskets for the food bank. We did it and it was such a success that a lot of our congregants follow suit.
I was happy with my childs efforts for a job well done, but more because as a family we understood the meaning of the word Mitzva
January 19, 2010 3:16 PM
We are making less, but giving more.
I gave each of my 3 children $100 to spend at Costco. They knew they needed to shop wisely. We paid for the food and drove straight over to the Kosher Food Bank and unloaded what they had purchased. I could see in their faces how proud they were. They saw the empty shelves in the food bank, and realized that what they did will make a difference. They are asking to do this again, and we will. I encourage all to do the same.
January 19, 2010 2:48 PM
Right on target Lori..... I gave to the Temple, a little extra to help out at Chanukah, but now look at Haiti, and the rest of the USA, more more more, we do need to help out more..... It is written and we all know the importance of tzedakah, give more, even the $5.00/$20.00, it WILL add up.... Great story Lori, I look forward to hearing from you all the time, and post almost everything to Facebook, you are awesome. Shalom, Guy
January 19, 2010 2:33 PM
starbucks and giving
As usual you are right on,Lori. Just think that the average person who buys 1 grande latte 5 times a week spends
between $800.00 to $1000.00 per year ..that's not even adding a muffin or buying a friend a chai tea etc .
Imagine if everyone just decided to have one less Starbucs per week and donated the monies to the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project or another good causet ...that would be
a min. of $182.00 per person per year and that's is not much of a stretch!!!
January 19, 2010 2:23 PM
the immediate gift
The immediate reward for giving is the feeling one gets by doing. For me, that's THE reward. A rabbi once said to a group of us that God keeps an accounting of every good deed, every mitzva, and, as Lori has said, there is a reward in the next world.
Actually I was upset by this, because it's not for any reward that I think we should give, and it's for the sake of, giving itself. For me, it's on my account, it's personal, and it's the deepest kind of "soul thing".
January 18, 2010 12:16 PM
I needed this.
We have not cut down on charity and realized last week that I had not put enough money into another area that needed funds. I started to think to myself that maybe I needed to cut down on giving until I listened to you today. I can do both. Thanks for reminding me.
January 18, 2010 4:14 AM
the least we could do...
I'm sure the least we could do is spare around $5-$10 for tzedekah since every little bit counts. I recently donated $5 to the American Jewish World Service, which is the least I could do to help out with the rescue and relief effort after the earthquake in Haiti, where I can imagine $5 can buy at least one or two boxes of bandages or gauze, or even an adequate meal for someone.
January 18, 2010 2:07 AM
Dear Lori-your words of Torah-inspiration,comfort and compassion are like tzedakah of the soul-(and my word)His word(your word),will you get it back even more
January 18, 2010 12:32 AM
Listen To Lori.
Lori, You are exactly on target about giving in these more difficult times. Now is the time to open those purse strings and get out those checkbooks. More should be given in the times of greater need. Thank you for the reminder.
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