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.


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, 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.