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The Power of Half

Got something you don’t really need?

Published: February 13, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 18

(18) SusanE, February 25, 2010 12:04 AM

Work for a Charity for One Year

There are many charitable groups that need what you can give. If you do as Rabbi Salomon suggests and give from your excess .................PLEASE give from your best excess. Clean in-style clothing, clean towels and bedding, clean useful household furniture. If you work at or for a charity for a year you will soon learn how that organization is performing. You will also learn if the needs of the people that it serves are being met. Two well known organizations that I was involved in were absolutely mismanaged and tons of money was wasted or not accounted for. Be aware of a charity that only wants money. I also worked for the Salvation Army and saw the impact they have on a small community. I also saw the immense amount of dirty unuseable clothing and junk that people donated. Please continue to give! And when you give from your excess, give from your best excess. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please don't overlook the tiny networks of dedicated HARD-WORKING people that alleviate need in communities and neighborhoods. They are quiet and discreet and make a huge contribution to the welfare of the community. I was amazed at what small dedicated groups of men and women can do. Donate to them from your excess. Ask them what they are most in need of and give from your Best excess.

(17) Anita, February 20, 2010 7:08 AM

Wish I HAD something to give away...

Right now, I'm living in an unheated garage in Florida, during the coldest part of the year. Yes I'm staying with friends, but they have a "full house" so I'm grateful that I even have a garage. I have already given away so much that the little bit I have is only my computer, some books and my clothes. Oh, and my constant companion, my dog. I doubt very much I'd give HER away. I've learned that when you can't give money, give time. It's a commodity that everyone has and a lot of people waste. a.

(16) G.M. Grena, February 19, 2010 5:45 AM

Response to (7) Sarah Hirsch

Your intentions seem fine, Sarah, but you're not being rational. If most bums are mentally ill instead of lazy, why would you give money to them? Are they smart enough to spend your handout wisely, but not smart enough to work & pay taxes? Baloney! It's not heartless to point beggars in the direction where trained social workers can help them, but it is heartless to feed their addiction.

(15) Herbert Lazarus, February 19, 2010 3:23 AM

"Non-Profit Charities."

I am a middle class American with an adequate but not particularly large income. For years I have been donating modest amounts to a large number of charities. I received a solicitation from Flame listing the salaries of directors of several of these organizations. I was amazed. They are each being paid several hundred thousand dollars per year while working for a charity. My income is far less than $100,000 per year. As a matter of fact, Flame's director claims to be working pro-bono; however his advertising agency collects fees from donations to Flame. I wrote to him asking what the annual amount of these fees are. As with other organizations to whom I have since written, I got no reply. I admire what you said rabbi about the Power of Half , but how can one give in the face of such hipocrisy? If you can answer me rabbi, I would appreciate it.

(14) Anonymous, February 17, 2010 6:59 PM

My Almost Paid up Mortgage

Dear Rabbi, I really feel great! Next year my mortgage will be paid in full! Hard to believe in these days of financial crisis no? (OK it was alot of work and took 30 years but worth it!) I heard that an old friend's daughter was having financial difficulty. There was nothing I liked better than putting something in an envelope and say "This is to help your daughter."

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