We are good-hearted people who do our best to be kind and
charitable. We want to build a better society, ease suffering, aid the
needy, support worthy institutions etc. We are barraged by those who
solicit funds for one cause or another. We may give a few dollars to
each; we may give a lot to a few; we may give more or less, depending
on our mood when we receive the solicitation for charity.
Do we have a philosophy that governs our charitable outlays? Or do
we just make contributions randomly, based on who asks us first or who
approaches us most respectfully?
I would like to suggest that we think carefully about our charitable
giving, and view our charitable dollars as a means of advancing our
vision of a better Jewish community and a better world.