By Rabbi Lazer Avtzon
Rabbi Daniel Kaye, a close friend, a colleague from Shlichus in Morocco 32 years ago, a Shliach in Sydney for the past 20+ years and father of 11 is about to marry off a 2nd child.
The moisad he is working for all these years as the Mashgiach unfortunately has been scaled down for lack of funds. He is now doing some work for the Chabad school of which the pay is well below what is needed just to survive.
He sent me an email the other day asking if I can reach out to friends and try and put together a few dollars to help him with the upcoming wedding costs.
Overwhelmed as I am preparing for my own upcoming simcha and other obligations, I said, let’s deal with the wedding itself and tickets for the chosson and parents alone. It’s too much to bring the whole family.
Throughout the day, I was tormented. Why did I have to push the dagger in his heart even deeper and further? Isn’t he on the verge already?
I asked him whether he was open to me placing a discreet ad or article on a Chabad website on his behalf and left it at that.
Whether it was meant by Hashem to turn out as it did or whether it was simply a question of miscommunication or worse – sheer desperation, he sent an SOS letter to COLlive.com and they agreed to post an article calling for help.
When I saw the article “Will $1 Cover Wedding’s Cost?“, I cried. I cried for him and the anguish he must be in not knowing where his next dollar is coming from and how to get his family… no the Choson himself – to the Chupah!
I cried for allowing myself to feel too busy and for not having taken the time to call him in person and to guide him and help him reach his goals. Email and WhatsApp does not have the same sensitivity as speaking with a live person who can share one’s pain.
Oy, if I were a rich man… I’d have wired him the first $10,000 just to ensure he can pay his portion of the wedding. Next, I’d call all my friends and see how to get him 1,000,000 miles so that we can buy mileage tickets for his family to make it to the wedding.
But alas, I’m not, I am a Rabbi and activist, and right now everything in life seems to be more pressing. Juggling multiple responsibilities is at times a bit overwhelming.
My dear friends and members of Anash: We can do this. It’s all in the numbers. Is it too much to ask everyone to donate just a few dollars? Just imagine the power of a collective international community. It dodesn’t take that many people, or that much money from each person to reach the amount of money that is needed.
100 X $180 = $18,000
180 X $100 = $18,000
360 X $50 = $18,000
1,000 X $18 = $18,000
1,800 X $10 = $18,000
No father should ever have to lower himself and beg like this in the public domain. If he is willing to sacrifice one or more of his Rebbe dollars and sell or auction them off, that is his decision alone and we should not criticize him.
Show him some love! Show hashem some true achdus! We are truly one family! Let’s take care of one of the Rebbe’s children!
Please send your most generous tax deductible contribution now on the special donate page on GlobalJewish.org. You might even win a dollar from the Rebbe in the raffle.