Did you know that one out of every five children in New York City does not have enough to eat? The rabbi told us this last night during his Yom Kippur sermon. This morning we are all filling bags with food so that we can fill as many hungry stomachs as possible, even if just for one day.
This is unbelievable. There is so much wealth in this city. People want bigger apartments, more jewelry, designer clothes. They spend lavishly on parties and dinners and wines. Do they realize how much poverty there is right beside them?
Since my children were very young I have been taking them to soup kitchens and to feed the homeless on holidays. My son was moved by the statistics last night, and both of my children have asked to help out with me, bringing food to the hungry.
Next time you buy that Chanel suit, or those nine hundred dollar shoes, think first. Do I really need this? Could I spend a bit less and help others with the balance? Or, do I have the time to deliver meals to the sick, to help out in kitchens, to make a difference?
When is the last time you went to sleep hungry? Today we fast to remind us of hunger and want and need. This is one day out of 365. Think of those who are starving every day.