With schools slowly coming back into session in Israel, especially for the younger ages, I was reminded of something special that I've been meaning to share for a while. Full disclosure: it's "pre Corona", but I felt that the generosity and cuteness displayed here deserves to be recognized. The timing certainly doesn't diminish its sweetness. And with everything that's been going on lately, we definitely could use some of that.
The kindergarten class at the Schechter School of Long Island collects tzedaka. As is done in many classrooms, they start on the first day of school and continue adding to their collection every day. The class knew they wanted to donate money to Israel, and Yad Eliezer was chosen as the lucky recipient.
Knowing that kindergartners have a unique view of the world, I asked their teacher, Ms. L., if we could hear about the project from the kids themselves, so we could be privy to some of their thoughts behind the gesture. She shared a bit of the cute conversation (names were changed) with me, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Where did we donate our saved money to?
Sara: Eretz Yisrael
Jacob: Yad yemin? No, I mean Eliezer.
Right! And what do they do at Yad Eliezer?
Miriam: Buy clothes and buy food.
Adam: And blankets and toys!
Sam: Yeah, for the Israeli people, the poor people.
Yes, we really wanted to send them the money we collected. Why?
Aviva: Because it’s a mitzvah and we do mitzvahs a lot!
Leah: Because we are nice.
Asher: Because some people don’t have money. Other people should be happy too, not just us. They can buy food, clothes, maybe even a house.
Who is it helping?
Judah: I really hope they gave the money to kids for toys.
Ari: Yeah, but if they don’t have food or clothes, they need that before toys.
Rebecca: Maybe we can help everyone in the world!
What kind of challenges do poor people have?
Adina: To get money
Jack: To get food
Joseph: To get a car and a bed and a house
How do you think we can help?
Nathan: We can give more tzedakah money, like maybe for the next holiday.
Aviva: It is so hard for poor people to stay happy, so we need to give them things to make them stay happy.
How did it make you feel when we sent the money?
Kayla: Happy, but also sad. Sad because it’s sad the little kids don’t get to go to Target and buy toys with their parents.
Daniella: Or amazon.
If you could say something to the people we helped, what would it be?
Kira: Thank you for making us happy to help.
Sam: G-d really gives us everything we need, and G-d is everywhere so He also helps Israel people get what they need.
Some wise words from some very wise kids!