The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is here – a time of both celebration and personal reflection that ushers in the High Holy Days and is the most sacred time on the Hebrew calendar. But for those in deep poverty, these are just more painful days in the ongoing fight to survive.
This is the situation for people like Sheiva, a 92 year old who lives with her adult son, Victor. He has been disabled since birth and has always lived with his mother. Sheiva and Victor both suffer from multiple health problems, and Victor is afraid of being outside, so they stay home most of the time – isolated, alone, and struggling to survive on their tiny government assistance checks.
When a Fellowship volunteer delivered a special food package for Rosh Hashanah to Sheiva, she was overjoyed. "You know what I am going to make using the apples and honey we have been delivered with the food sent for Rosh Hashanah?" she asked with great excitement. "I think not only will we dip the apples into honey as all Jews are supposed to do on such a holiday, but I may make a babka, a nice sweet apple cake!"
When you give to our High Holy Days Campaign, you too are delivering hope and joy to those whose days are usually filled with despair. But the High Holy Days are now upon us, so your help is urgently needed.
Thankfully, it's not too late to provide desperately needed food boxes for this sacred season to the most vulnerable in Israel and the former Soviet Union, like Sheiva. But you must act today. And when you do, God will be blessed, for Proverbs 14:31 tells us, "whoever is kind to the needy honors God."