The Chofetz Chaim, Rabbi Israel Mayer Kagan, the saintly legal authority whose special focus was upon Jewish ethics and proper speech, points out that there’s a big difference between one who does Mitzvos thinking only of his reward in the World to Come, versus one who is truly thinking about what G-d wants. And he offers a simple litmus test to distinguish between them.
A true Servant of G-d wants to see everyone serving Him and doing His will, to increase the Honor of G-d in the world. Someone only out for his own benefit doesn’t really care if other people are doing what they should or not; he’s content with his own reward.
Rabbi Kagan was sharply critical of those in his day who had the resources to help Jews obtain kosher food and stay attached to the community, yet failed to help. What would he say in our generation, when kosher food is plentiful, yet millions of Jews have little knowledge of anything Jewish? Are we doing everything we can to help them?
Today, Jewish students graduate college, head out into the workforce, and often have little connection to anything Jewish until they marry — if, that is, they marry Jewish and want a Jewish home for their children. Yet when they are exploring, when they’re looking at the world, it is easier than ever to reach them. All we have to do is announce our presence, and they come knocking on the door.
We need your help to answer their call. They come to us with questions on every topic under the sun, and we can guide them to do more — much more — than simply read a few more pages on our and other websites. We have a bold plan for action, but it can’t become reality without you. The Jewish People cannot wait for another several years to pass before we have people in place to be sure that help is available for them, using new technologies available to us today.
The High Holy Day prayers say, “Repentance, Prayer and Charity avert an Evil Decree.” When we are crying for G-d to have mercy upon us, let’s do our part to help halt a wave of assimilation so grave that the Divine Presence is surely crying as well.
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