Passover is one of the main annual Jewish holidays. It spans over a 7 day period (8 if the person celebrating lives outside of Israel), and is widely considered one of the “hardest” holidays to follow primarily due to the strict dietary laws. You may be accustomed to seeing food and drink products marked as “Kosher for Passover” in your local supermarket in the weeks leading up to the Passover holiday.
Even in the year 2015 and with all of the food advancements of the modern world, it is still relatively hard for Passover observant Jews to find what to eat. Moreover and more importantly, large corporations that make kosher for Passover food increase the prices due to the demand being so high for these food and drink products. For example, you will be hard pressed to find any kosher for Passover Coca Cola 2 liter bottle on sale while during the rest of the year the supermarkets seem to always have a deal.
This poses an even bigger question: If it is fairly difficult for you to find kosher for Passover food and purchase it due to the exorbitant prices, how much harder is it for the underprivileged and hungry people?
The truth is that the answer to that question right there probably would not shock most people. In fact, most people are aware of the suffering endured by thousands of hungry children and families. Unfortunately, people seem to simply close their eyes to the truth and continue moving along with their lives. At first thought, some would be outraged by this. How could people sit idly by and watch their brothers and sisters starve? This is another great question, but our answer may surprise you.
While we don’t condone turning your head away from a problem that you can easily help solve, the truth is we understand why most people do!
As it currently stands, there are a lot of citizens in America that are beyond upset with the current welfare situation in the U.S. This is completely understandable because this welfare program really does not provide any incentive to work or make it on your own. So, why would anyone on welfare try to go out and provide for their families when they can (practically) sit home and get compensated for it?
Welfare vs. Helping the Homeless
Even well-known charity organizations are having trouble raising money, and there is good reason for it: how is this money really going to help the homeless? In their minds, the homeless will come, receive money (which they are greatly appreciative of), and come back the next month for the same monthly stipend. Essentially speaking, many people view charity work as a form of the current welfare state – that they are only helping to perpetuate the problem.
All Charities are not the Same
Let us first clarify that we support any organization that really looks to help the hungry and homeless. However, we are merely pointing out that we understand people’s thought process regarding giving charity. Their money could potentially prolong a sizable problem across the globe. However, what people need to realize is that not all charities are the same.
Yad Ezra v’Shulamit
Do we help organize food baskets like all other charities? Do we take in any individual who truly needs help? Do we have multiple ongoing projects for the needy? The answer to all of these is yes. After all, giving immediate relief is one of the most important first steps of helping the hungry and homeless. However, what truly separates us from the rest of the “pack” is that we really put a focus on our afterhours programs. For example, we run a cultured and educational Children’s Center. This center provides scholastic care such as help with homework and extra tutoring for kids in need. We have seen fantastic results with this program alone, as it really helps break the cycle of poverty once and for all. This center encourages and motivates kids from a young age to really make a difference in the world, instead of having to rely on daily food baskets for the rest of their lives.
Helping Yad Ezra v’Shulamit
We have a wide range of programs to donate to. Anything you could help with would be greatly appreciated. Due to the seasonality of this article, we would strongly recommend looking into our “Food Baskets” program which donates 3,000 food baskets to hungry children and families across Israel. This is especially important due to rising costs of food, specifically in regard to the Passover holiday. If you would like to help break the cycle of poverty, please consider making a donation.