This year, as we do every year, we gave toys to needy children and foster children. We were asked to pick either a foster child (through Jewish Children’s and Family Services) or a MaliVai Washington child. I chose a foster child and got a boy who’s eight years old, and wanted basketball or a football. I got for him a medium-sized basketball. I think it’s important that in the season of giving, we can give and not just receive.
Hillel, one of our great Torah sages, taught:
“Do not separate yourself from the community.”
This relates to our project because we are fulfilling this quote. Instead of looking away at the suffering at our neighbors and greedily opening our presents, we first give. Only after we give, then we will get. I think it’s such a beautiful idea to give Christmas presents in a Jewish school.