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Founding Conference for Tevunah - Guidance for Family Budgeting

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Rabbonim, morei horo'oh heads of tzedokoh and chessed organizations and public figures from around the country were on hand at an impressive event to mark the founding of Tevunah - Guidance for Family Budgeting.

The aim of the organization is to raise awareness among young families regarding how to keep the household budget balanced and functioning smoothly. The organization, which has been in the planning stages for several months, formulated its programs and operations through consultations with the rabbinical committee set up to guide it, including HaRav Binyomin Wosner, HaRav Yisroel Rosenberg and HaRav Mas'ud Ben Shimon, who say the organization will train professionals to hold lectures and workshops for engaged couples and newlyweds on how to run the household budget and live within their limits.

The Nesius is led by public figures with vast experience in this area, such as Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz, former health minister Rabbi Nissim Dahan and Netanya Deputy Mayor Rabbi Shimon Sherr. The organization is headed by R' Moshe Porush and R' Shlomo Goldstein.

In the opening speech at the event, HaRav Binyomin Wosner discussed the importance of addressing the root of the problem in light of the numerous figures he has come across as a member of various tzedokoh committees. "Many people wind up going into debt because they lack minimal experience in budgeting and do not know how to manage their moves in light of the many temptations before them, and this turns them into debtors and their lives revolve around various gemachim. The accumulated experience of various tzedokoh committees shows indirect expenses and the losses through fines, phone calls, taxis, valuable time, etc. incurred by debtors fettered to gemachim accounts for 10 percent (!) of the principal of the loan," revealed HaRav Wosner.

The gathering was emceed by Yated Ne'eman columnist Rabbi Aryeh Zissman, who gave a vivid description of the process the young couple goes through immediately after their wedding, gradually developing a dependence on loans and gemachim.

HaRav Simcha Cohen spoke of the need to seize the opportunity brought about by an awareness in various circles of the need to substantially reduce wedding costs and raise awareness of preventative measures before marriage to keep young couples from falling into debt.


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