Monday, November 15, 2010

The Vishnitzer Rebbe Menachem Mendel on ZEDAKA


The Vishnitzer Rebbe Menachem Mendel (unfotunately the text I read didn't mention which Menachem Mendel of the Vishnitzer Rebben) said the following about giving charity (Zedaka):

A rich Jew should not increase his amount of charity in order to avoid becoming arrogant and proud. The same with a poor Jew who should not diminish his amount of Zedaka in order not to feel unimportant or less than anybody else.

The Vishnitzer Rebbe is absolutely right. Just let us take a look at public institutions or Yeshivot and schools. Especially American Jewish donors insist on having their name published on a  big sign. The worst example for this is the new AISH HATORAH building across the Western Wall (Kotel). You cannot even use the washroom without seeing a name on the toilet paper (donated by so - and - so).

The example with the toilet paper is a joke but just look around:
Sometimes it looks as if a private rich American donor Jew rules over Israel and not G - d. At least G - d does not insist on having His name written anywhere you go.

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