In the days leading up to Pesach, throughout all the years of the Rebbe’s leadership, the Rebbe would urge everyone to donate to the Maos Chittim Fund under the Rebbe’s care, which was administered by Machne Israel.
This fund has been continuously active throughout the years, till the present day.
According to the Rebbe’s secretary, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, the Rebbe would strongly encourage participation in the Maos Chittim Fund and would review the names of the recipients. Often times the Rebbe would urge that more funds be raised so that all requests for assistance be fulfilled.
In 1962, a group of young students from the Yeshiva Achei Tmimim in Boston, sent the Rebbe money they had raised for Maos Chittim. In a letter acknowledging their gift, the Rebbe highlighted the great merit of donating to assist others with the financial burden of Pesach and ensuring that everyone have the means to celebrate the Yom Tov in true joy and freedom
The Rebbe assured them of the great merit of their tzedakah and added how that would affect their own lives as well. “The mitzvah of Maos Chittim is, of course, one of the highest forms of tzedakah, and it will stand you in good stead. Your active share in it gives me the certain hope that also in all other mitzvot you show the same degree of devotion, and that you fulfill them with hiddur and joy… “
As we prepare to sit with our loved ones around the Seder table, we must remember that our joy can be complete only when we are sure that our brethren have the wherewithal to celebrate Pesach as well.
The Maos Chittim drive at Machne Israel, provides families and individuals in need with discreet financial assistance, enabling them to celebrate the holiday of freedom with joy, peace of mind and dignity.
With the continuous rise in the cost of living, the demand for assistance is greater than ever. Recent reports have shown that food prices have spiked by 11.5 percent! This can have a devastating effect on a family already struggling to make ends meet. How much more so, as they prepare for Pesach.
Your help is needed now more than ever before.
Please donate to the Machne Israel Passover fund nurtured by the Rebbe.
Help us help others enjoy a truly zeesen Pesach.
Donate now at: www.PassoverFund.com
Alternatively, you may send a check to;
Machne Israel / Maos Chittim Fund
770 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11213
You can also give your donation to the Gaboim of Maos Chittim, Rabbis Moshe Klein and Baruch Wilhelm.
Great historic stuff.
I didn’t know this about Moos Chittim