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22 Adar II 5760 - March 29, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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The Honor of Giving: New Leaflet By Vaad HaRabbonim LeInyonei Tzedoko

by Betzalel Kahn

A special leaflet has joined the ranks of Torah handbills. It focuses on the mitzvah of tzedoko and includes words of Torah, stories and words of chizuk about tzedoko alongside articles about how to give tzedoko to people genuinely in need of help.

The Vaad Harabbonim LeInyonei Tzedoko collects funds to help Jews in distress. The collection of funds is done primarily through a mailbox drive: envelopes are sent to more than 100,000 Torah observant homes throughout the country. The money collected is sent directly to the needy, who pay no percentage or registration fee. The Committee activists are volunteers who receive absolutely no remuneration. The envelopes are distributed three times a year: Chanukah, erev Purim and erev Yom Kippur.

The committee was founded by the gedolei haTorah and prominent rabbonim known for their greatness in Torah and their devotion to tzedoko and chessed. The committee is headed by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, HaRav Nissim Karelitz and HaRav Moshe Halberstam, and the work is supervised by HaRav Azriel Auerbach, HaRav Naftali Nussbaum, HaRav Moshe Uri Eisenstein, HaRav Chaim Yehuda Cohen, HaRav Menachem Mendel Fuchs, HaRav Binyomin Rimer, HaRav Elimelech Rottman, HaRav Zelig Wallace, and others.

The decision of the rabbonim to found the committee was made after it had become apparent that fundraising drives were sometimes conducted by dubious people, and that the funds didn't always reach their rightful destinations. It was decided that the committee would supervise the drives, ascertaining whether the families soliciting funds were needy, and if their situations warranted communal help.

The large-scale, centralized collections save much unnecessary expense. Of course, this method spares the recipients the embarrassment and the difficulties involved in going from door to door to collect money. We can say with the utmost certainly that tzedoko given by means of the Vaad Harabbonim LeInyonei Tzedoko is pure tzedoko and hatzolos nefoshos of the highest order.

The volunteer committee activists are selected by the rabbonim. Every single shekel which arrives is transferred in the closed envelopes to the needy.

The recipients are chosen by the rabbonim. Those who compile the list make every effort to include the most needy among the applicants.

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