Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sure, bnei and bnot mitzvah have given a percentage of their gifts to charitable causes before. It's a wonderful practice that we should all highly encourage. Yet, so often our young men and women are encouraged to contribute toward the needs of those who live great distances away or locals whom they've never met or with whom they'll never have a meaningful relationship. Seldom do we encounter a young man or woman, who realizes that sitting in their very own class are students whose families need help. Seldom do we see a young man or woman who recognizes that attending a Jewish Day School is an extremely costly endeavor that many in our own community simply cannot afford. Seldom do we meet a young man or woman who understands that giving of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts to their school can help give the gift of Jewish Education to students for whom it might otherwise be out of reach.
Yesterday, Meryl handed me an envelope at carpool that had "Donation to School" written on the outside. I opened it up to find a check for $900. It was an extraordinary gift from an extraordinary student.
May we all draw inspiration from her stellar example.
Posted by Rabbi Perl at 10/14/2009 11:17:00 AM