Ma'os Chittim 5779

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Let's join together as a Kehillah – as soldiers of our King – and give with passion!

I remind you of the Maos Chitim campaign we began this morning, and the desperate straits in which our neighbors find themselves. As I pointed out this morning, we infuse passion in the Chesed that we do so that we can not only climb the mountain but stay there.

The funds raised in this tzedakah initiative are devoted to bringing relief to financially needy families in our community. These funds do not travel far to bring critical help to struggling families, and they are blended with the earnest efforts of many volunteers to help these families establish their stability. More than ever, these families are our neighbors, their children are our children’s classmates, they daven in our shul, and they live on our block. How could we not do our utmost to ease their burdens? How can we expect to sit down joyously at our Seder in six weeks without ensuring that all the Jewish families in our community are cared for?

Every dollar collected in our annual Maos Chitim campaign will be distributed under the personal supervision of the gabbaii tzedakah. Of course, should you become aware of someone in need, please let me know.

The needs of those struggling homes, single-parent families, mechanchim, Talmidei Chachamim, and others continue throughout the year, but we use this Maos Chitim campaign as a springboard for chesed all year long, so this is our major campaign. We have set the bar high, as we seek to raise $100,000. Please help even more than in the past, even if it represents a sacrifice, as the needs are severe.

Please respond generously by going to our website ( to make your donation online, or to mail or deliver your checks to the Shul, payable to “Congregation Tifereth Zvi - Chesed”. Consider even joining those of us who raise funds, by inviting a colleague, friend, or relative to participate in this vital campaign.

In the zechus of acting out of compassion – with passion -- may Hashem have compassion on us, and grant us good health, success, wisdom, and opportunities to perform even more acts of kindness. And just as we take care of Hakadosh Baruch Hu’s children, so may He care for all of us and our children.

Thank you.


Bracha v’hatzlacha,

Pinchas Chatzinoff