For Jewish people around the world, arguably the most important days of the year are the days between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). As we have mentioned several times on our blog, this also subsequently happens to be the time when people open their hearts and financially help hungry families in desperate need. Yet, as we approach the end of this 10 day period, people tend to start focusing on preparing their spiritual state of being and less on materialistic matters – even generous deeds like donating to charity. Needless to say, putting yourself in the proper spiritual mindset is an extremely important process before the big day – one that you should be focusing on in its entirety. There is one caveat here, and it is a big one. When the Day of Atonement concludes, that’s it. It’s over. Allow us to expand on this.

The Day of Atonement is a day where people take it upon themselves to fast for roughly 25 hours. No food. No water. Mainly prayer. Naturally, at the end of this High Holiday, many people feel the physical pain from fasting. Therefore, many people rush home to eat anything they can get a hold of. As their minds clear up from digesting a good meal, people will run to turn on their computers, tablets, and smartphones. Clearly then we can see that the transition from a spiritual state of mind back to a physical one is very quick – perhaps within an hour’s time. Life goes on, and people tend to forget their actions over the last 10 days – acts of kindness and generosity.

However, these acts do not have to be designated primarily for this 10 day period. While you will have just experienced the pain from fasting, the families under our care feel this type of suffering all year long. And while they may have gotten used to skipping a meal (or two) per day, it is still a terrible feeling, and not one anyone should have to endure, especially when we can help!

As this period comes to a close, we need your help even more than the High Holidays period. Over 17,000 families in Israel are counting on us for food baskets this year alone. They have nowhere else to turn.

Yom Kippur is supposed to be our responsibility to give back, that we must always work at becoming a better person. It’s a day full of gratitude and hope for the future. Let us not forget these families after this week. To donate to our families in need, please click here.