Israel Forever

For the week ending 25 February 2012 / 1 Adar I 5772

A Nation of Givers

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

"Jews give when they are asked" say our Sages. They gave their gold when asked to contribute to the sinful forming of the golden calf and they gave their gifts when asked to contribute to the building of the Mishkan Sanctuary as an atonement for that sin.

How true this tale of giving is even today is evident in the legendary philanthropy of Jews in so many areas of public life. But a Jew who is blessed by Heaven with the ability to give must be capable of distinguishing between a "golden calf" and a Sanctuary as the beneficiary of his generosity.

It is indeed regrettable that Yeshivot and Day Schools in Israel and elsewhere are forced to struggle for financial survival while so much Jewish money is squandered on causes which have little to do with the spiritual survival of our people.

Perhaps this week's Torah portion about giving for the Mishkan will inspire the givers to make the right choice in supporting the causes which will secure Israel forever.

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