The day is short, the task is great, the master is insistent. It is not your duty to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.”
-Pirkei Avot, 2:21
The day is indeed short, and Shabbos is coming, and there is still much to do as Friday comes to a close at Richmond Jewish Day School, so I will keep it short and sweet. You know, there is teaching about a certain mitzvah or concept, and there is doing that mitzvah or concept, and the latter is always preferable. When that happens, the educational experience is better, and the learning goes deeper, and everyone goes home feeling good about what they have done.
I am so proud of the students in Division 1, who, under the leadership and initiative of their teacher, Julie Kendell, fully embraced the mitzvah of tzedakah, and organized a bake sale. The proceeds of the bake sale are going entirely to the Jewish Food Bank to help pay for healthy snacks for underprivileged kids, and school supplies for their backpacks for next year. There are approximately 250 people who use the Jewish Food Bank every four weeks; imagine – when food by itself is hard to come by, and your pantry is empty, school supplies and healthy snacks are a luxury that few are able to afford. On Thursday, all the students gathered in the gym with spatulas, bowls and all sort of interesting cake mixes, Marsha and parent volunteers helped with the baking, and today at recess and again at the end of the day, students will sell brownies, cupcakes, cookies and lemon squares to brothers, sisters, parents and visitors. The ability to connect in a meaningful way with a mitzvah like tzedakah is invaluable, and the experience immeasurable – hours after the bake sale this morning, the students were still beaming, along with the volunteers and teachers. When all the shekels are finally counted, we plan to proudly present a cheque to the Food Bank.
We are all very proud of you for this effort, and bless you with many more acts of chesed and tzedakah as you get older, be it here at RJDS or even after you graduate and go on to high school.
Shabbat Shalom u’Mevorach!
About the Jewish Food Bank
The Jewish Food Bank is co-funded by Jewish Women’s International-BC, JFSA and many generous donors from the community. The physical location of the Jewish Food Bank is at the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture, 6184 Ash Street. The Jewish Food Bank is organized and staffed by volunteers.