Thanksgiving is a day to remember how the sacrifice and hard work of a few people blossomed into a powerful nation.
But it is also a day to remember those less fortunate than we are, and to help them.
You may not know it but almost without question there are people in your synagogue or living in your neighborhood who literally do not know where their next meal – or their next mortgage or rent payment – will come from, and they need your help.
Please take a moment and ask your rabbi, or the director of your local JCC if s/he knows any families or individuals who need help. Or locate your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Then write a check.
Or click the Donate link below and use your PayPal account or a credit card to donate. I'll disburse the money you give to people who need it, including some I've written about in my series of posts on Jewish homelessness and poverty. (Donations are tax deductible.)
The term Tikkun Olam has been much overused, but the concept itself is true. Each of us has a unique power to make this world a better place, to alleviate the suffering and pain of those weaker and less fortunate than we are.
Science posits altruism is a marker of advanced society, a key reason why humans were able to grow beyond small hunter gatherer bands.
Religion views altruism as doing God's will, of acting as his agent to right the wrongs inherent in His as yet unfinished creation.
No matter which view speaks to you, there are people who need your help.
Please give generously.