Recently, I blogged about the way my family collects tzedakah, and our annual Chanukah tradition for dispensing the funds we collect through the year. I also wrote about one particular Shabbat, when we decided the funds should be allocated ahead of schedule to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
This week, as friends and family gathered around the table to read about the plagues that God sent to afflict the Egyptians, our hearts turned to everyone affected by the disaster in Haiti. We have only been collecting tzedakah for a few Shabbats, and I wondered if we ought to wait a week and see what support we could raise from other friends and family.
But as one person at the table said: “a mitzvah deferred is a mitzvah missed”
So we decided to take what we had (plus a little extra thrown in this week) and make a donation.
I’m encouraging Edible Torah readers to do the same. If you have an organization that you already support, see if they have a specific fund for this relief effort. If you don’t, I invite you to consider donating to Mazon’s “Help Haiti” fund.
If you think your donation can’t make a difference, consider this:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978)