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Why are you always asking for money?

Why are you always asking for money?

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Question:

Again you're sending me a nice holiday greeting and again I see at the end that you're asking for money. Why is it that every Jewish organization is constantly asking for money? In my books, religion and money don't mix. Torah is meant to be free for all. By continually asking for money, all you are doing is turning off so many people. Like me.

Response:

Yes, it certainly is lamentable and I couldn't agree with you more. It's enough that we have to pay lawyers, accountants, realtors, doctors, dentists and caregivers for providing vital services. Why should we have to pay rabbis, teachers and writers as well?

The difference, however, is that the lawyers and doctors et al require payment immediately upon service—if not beforehand. And if you don't pay, sorry, no more service.

We at Chabad.org, on the other hand, are providing a free service for the hundreds per day that write to us with their questions and predicaments, along with the tens of thousands of readers benefiting from our site. No advertising, no hype, just an occasional letter from the man responsible for ensuring that we can keep our families housed, clothed and fed while plugging on with the service

Dear Mr. ___________, it's really perfectly okay with us if you just hit the delete key when you see the plea for funds in our letters. You can continue subscribing just like anyone else. You can write to us your questions and ask personal advice—and we will put our attention to them just as we do with every communication we receive.

We just thought, hey, maybe you might like to partner with us. That's really one of those beautiful things about money—it provides people a way to work together with one another. Perhaps that's the whole reason G‑d made a world that relies so heavily on money—so that it could be shared. After all, "Everything G‑d made in His world, He made for His glory." Yes, even money.

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, a senior editor at Chabad.org, also heads our Ask The Rabbi team. He is the author of Bringing Heaven Down to Earth. To subscribe to regular updates of Rabbi Freeman's writing, visit Freeman Files subscription. FaceBook @RabbiTzviFreeman Periscope @Tzvi_Freeman .
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Anonymous 33076 March 18, 2016

Giving I find it amazing that many hard working people will pay 100 to 200 dollars a month to a cable or satellite company for mindless trash on TV. They sit in an alpha brain state and take in all the negative vibes of other people and then later wonder why they feel anxious and stressed. But then despise the idea of giving toward something of greater value. The reason is, the majority of people think they are living corpses with a soul. But an enlightened person knows, they are light living a human experience. And to support someone who has dedicated their life to learn and preserve food, that feeds the soul, there is money well spent. Of course since no man is perfect there may be some waste or misuse. But leave that between them and their maker. On the other hand, by giving, you will be blessed because you perfotmed a mitztva in secret. And Abba rewards you openly. Reply

Anonymous omaha February 1, 2015

need money so I can live and participate. I need employment and restoration of that which was stolen from me . . more than a house, it was a home and opportunities and security and safety, so that now I have none of that or any money to live. I need miracles for money. I need miracles for freedom for next week's issue. Help me. Reply

alex stockholm, spanga December 30, 2011

wow; an answer full of wisdom The world system has taught us to value and pay for every thing that we need. but when it comes to godly issues, we think we have the right to claim and get free services from G-d.

And we totally forget that; G-d also uses physical human beings (like Rabbis, teachers, organisations etc) that needs our financial help and support.

please G-d forgive us for that sin Reply

Beverly Kurtin Hurst, TX June 5, 2009

Crash Guess what? It costs money to run organizations, or, putting it another way TANSTAAFL: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (except, of course following Shabbat services.

I'm disabled and financially strapped, but i still will find a way to kick in Chai ($`18) a month to do my part. Running a large website like this eats money like you wouldn't believe. Reply

Jason T Pyne Ottawa, Canada June 5, 2009

Giving I think today we are bombarded with requests for donations from a variety of sources. Most of these are worthy causes and each individual must decide where to give and how much. Another thing that people don't realize is they must figure out what are there "wants" and "needs" if we can meet our needs and eliminate some wants this would free up money and time for the causes that are important in life. Reply

May Millar Edinburgh, Scotland May 21, 2009

Divine Promise I have already posted a comment on the subject of subscriptions and donations on 3rd May and would like to add to this. I am aware of the time passing so quickly, as last year I was told repeatedly that now that I am in my early sixties, I would be coming into a large sum of money that would enable me to travel and commence on my projects, the most important being "Israel" and to give "Chabad.org - Ask the Rabbi", the long-awaited donation that I promised them. So far, nothing has occurred and I am still in a very poor position, as my ex-husband left nearly 3 years ago, leaving me with all his unpaid debts, as he had forced me to put them in my name. However, I have not lost faith, as I know my "Heavenly Father", will provide "In His Own Time". My love for Israel and the Jews is so great, I can hardly wait. When this long-awaited cheque clears, the first action will be to give a large donation to "Chabad.org" as they have given me so much hope and friendship.

Shalom Reply

Anonymous Singapore May 17, 2009

Thank You "Everything G‑d made in His world, He made for His glory." Yes, even money. Unquote. I fully agree with you Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Thank you for the reminder because it is hard for us to part with money sometimes. Reply

Beverly Kurtin Hurst, TX May 5, 2009

Try this Go to any synagogue on the High Holidays or on Pesach and try to get in without tickets or a fist full of money and see what happens. Now show up at a Chabad center and try it...you will succeed. If all Jews are rich, I must not be a Jew be.cause a bank destroyed me financially by refusing my order to sell my stocks and convert them to cash during the dot com implosion; now all I have is Social Security. Yet I have never felt unwelcome at any Chabad center because I couldn't afford to pay to pray. I'm in the process of reorganizing my finances so that I can make monthly contributions to Chabad because I get more from Chabad than any place else. 'Nuff said. Reply

Tom May 3, 2009

Have you benefitted from Chabad? My first experience of Chabad wasn't as a "pay to play" organization. They lent a friend of mine a place to get married when he was dirt poor. They offered him and others, free of charge, many other valuable services before I ever saw a hit for money. That was a long time ago.

Today we see a website with study materials, inspirational columns, and even a search engine to ask "What does Judaism teach about <fill in your topic>?"

Chabad is run by folks who want to "spread the wealth" of Torah, starting with their own efforts. But they still have to eat, pay bills, keep this website up and even kick a little into charity.

A public library is funded with tax money. Chabad is funded by donations. They aren't selling you Torah. They are giving it to you for free, and asking you to help offset the costs Reply

May Millar Edinburgh, Scotland April 22, 2009

I have been in contact with "Chabad.org.Ask the Rabbi" since about July or August last year and have been provided with amazing information and spiritual counsel by your dedicated staff. I am neither a Muslim or a Christian. I am a pro-Jewish supporter of Israel and admire and respect all Jewish customs and traditions. I have been told that I will be coming into a lot of money this year that will enable me to travel, firstly to Israel. I am at present, still very poor and am still waiting for this promise. One of my first actions will be to "give my love," in the form of a generous donation to "Chabad.org" to help with your essential work. Without money, it would be "impossible" for such organations to exist and to help others understand "Divine Law".

Shalom Reply

Andrea Schonberger University Place, WA via chabadpiercecounty.com April 21, 2009

We live in a cash-based society! I've been going to Chabad for over 5 years and our Rabbi has never asked for money. However, our community wants the services that he and his family provide (shul, Yom Tov celebrations, classes, etc.) and these things cost MONEY. Food is purchased, utillities paid, new siddurs bought,...you get the picture. Of course Torah is free and I don't need to pay money to read/study it but in my location we're building a Jewish community and, g-d willing, soon we'll start the building of our shul--we already have the land! Money has to be raised; how else are we going to build and maintain the community? Everyone donates or volunteers according to his/her means. The writer sounds like alot of Americans--they want social and infrastructure services but they don't want to pay taxes. If the writer has any suggestions on how to get goods and services free of charge let me know and I'll pass them along to our Rabbi. Reply

Yishai Menachem Austin , TX April 21, 2009

Very Well Said! In honor of that answer and the thousands of others that you and all of the amazing writers and staff have provided for me in the past, I pledge $18 to Chabad.org on my next pay day! (In two days, G-d willing) Thank you Rabbi for all of the inspiration over the years!

ps Thank G-d it didn't go to any Lawyers. Reply

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