The phrase “soup kitchen” doesn’t exactly ooze dining in comfort. Getting meals to the homeless or hungry is usually a bare-bones affair, involving the most inexpensive food and all the ambiance of a basement cafeteria.
But walking into one of the three soup kitchens run by Masbia in NY feels different. It’s part of the quintessentially Jewish way to give tzedaka: preserve the person’s dignity. The food is fresh and tasty, it looks like a restaurant, and it is – one where nobody has to pick up the check themselves.