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Senseless Hatred or Senseless Love?

Среда, 29. Июль, 2009 - 9:11



The saddest day on the Jewish calendar is the Ninth of Av, "Tisha b'Av." It is the date when both our Holy Temples were destroyed, and exile, persecution and spiritual blackness began for the Jewish nation.

The fast of Tisha b'Av starts at sundown of the eighth of Av (tonight) and lasts till nightfall tomorrow night.

We are taught that the Bais HaMikdosh, the Holy Temple, in Jerusalem, was destroyed because of senseless hatred which we had, one for another.  And we also learn that when we will have "senseless love" for each other, G-d will rebuild the Temple for us again.

One way in which we can show our love for each other,  even for Jews half-way around the world, is by giving tzedaka ("charity," is the usual translation, however, according to the Jewish point of view, it is not really "our" money, rather we are simply serving as G-d's bankers, and returning the money where it is most needed.)

We, the Jews of Crimea, are going through an incredibly difficult time.  It is imperative for us to pay the teachers' back pay and do urgent repairs on our school building, in order to open the school (Bais Menachem Jewish School of Simferopol) September 1st.  We appeal to you to help us, both by donating whatever amount you can yourself, as well as by passing this on the others.  Your donation is completely tax-deductible, and every cent (or kopek) goes directly to the school. 

There are two more points which I would like to pass on.  For one, the Lubavitcher Rebbe said that aside from one's own town, it is crucial to help Jews both in Eretz Yisroel and in the FORMER SOVIET UNION.  (Crimea is in an all but forgotten corner of the FSU, and does not  receive funds from sources which sponsor more well known cities.)

The other amazing thing is this.  We learn the mitzvah of tzedaka from our forefather Yitzchok, and learn that G-d repays us ten-fold for the charity we give.  It is written however, that there was a year of famine (economic crisis,) and during that year Yitzchok pushed himself to give anyways, and G-d repaid him ONE HUNDRED TIMES MORE.  We asked rabbis, and they said that the same would apply today.  In our economic situation, when one pushed himself to give more, even though it is difficult, G-d will repay us ONE HUNDRED TIMES MORE.  We even saw this work in actuality recently -- someone really pushed himself to give $800, and a mere two weeks later, out of the blue, got $80,000!

So please, keep all of this in mind -- that your donation as "senseless love" for those Jews you don't even know, in the Former Soviet Union, and in these very difficult times, will help the Jews here in Crimea, yourself, and world Jewry!  

Thank you for your going the extra mile to keep open the doors of the only full Jewish day school in Crimea!

Tax deductible donations can be made online here

Or send checks to:
American Friends of Chabad of Crimea
1601 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213


Leah-Mindle Lipszyc and R' Yitzchok Meyer Lipszyc, administrators

Elka Vasilievna Yarmolenko, director

Bais Menachem Jewish School of Simferopol

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