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אֵיזֶהוּ חָכָם, הַלּוֹמֵד מִכָּל אדָם  Who is wise? One who learns from everyone.

05/06/2020 12:10:11 PM


Cantor Ellen Gersh

Studying this week's parasha, the B'nei Mitzvah class has some words of wisdom to share.

-Cantor Ellen

In the middle of a discussion about the festivals, Parashat Emor repeats the mitzvah we learned last week in Parashat Kedoshim:

And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 23:22).

How can we take these words and apply them to our lives today? The edges of the field are left so that someone who is in need of food does not have to be seen. Since we do not have fields to leave food for those in need, we should all donate food. We need to either make a space for people to come and get food without having to ask or contact food pantries and encourage them to set up a system that does not embarrass people who need food. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are. Don't go interrogating them. If someone needs help no questions should be asked. Leave and take what you need. Don't make someone feel bad. The Little Pantries in town are the closest to what the Torah teaches us, because you can just take what you need without asking. Making dinner bags at Fairground to give to families is also helping those in need. They are left at the door so that no one needs to be seen and feel embarrassed. Leaving a portion of your field is like giving a percentage of what you have to those in need. We all need to think about setting aside a percentage of what we have. We will not be surprised to see that we get along just fine without it and it can provide needed food for those who don't have enough. The Torah goes out of its way to stress the importance of giving in a way that preserves the dignity and integrity of all. When we see someone in need and give food, please remember to treat them with the respect and dignity that you would want if you were in need. We will build this world with love. All of us need to be a part of building a world where everyone is treated with love and compassion.
Noa Spodek & Anabelle Arginsky
Esther Clair


Thu, July 7 2022 8 Tammuz 5782