Helping Poor Families
To the Editor:
The effects of cuts in child benefits are now being felt by
many families. We probably feel that there is nothing the man
in the street can do to help, besides davening for a
change in government policy and maybe responding more
generously to appeals for tzedokoh.
However, as I learned from another article on the subject,
this policy is not based on the weakness of the economy but
on ideology. If there is a shortage of money for child
benefit, it should be given only for third and subsequent
children, as was done in the past. While there are families
who count every shekel, many would not have noticed the loss
of one or two hundred shekel a month. Even in larger
families, there might be only one or two children left at
home; for such families, child benefit has become relatively
insignificant. But this wouldn't have suited wealthy Shinui
supporters who, I understand, threatened to leave the
government if child benefits were means-tested.
I propose a Kol Yisroel Chaverim project. Those who can
afford it, would donate their child benefit to a central
Kuppah. Several smaller families, or bigger families
whose children have mostly left home, would make up the
amount due to larger or younger families, who are suffering
from a sudden shortfall. Such a scheme could be introduced in
every community, even secular ones, since any large family,
regardless of religious or political affiliation, would be
Who knows what might be the consequence of a nationwide
With teshuva and tefillah, it could remove the
I intend writing, b'eH, to publications in Chutz
la'Aretz, to encourage their readers to contribute their
surplus child benefit to Kupat Kol Yisroel Chaverim
All the project needs is an established tzedaka
organization or a reliable individual or group in each
community to administer it.
Who is willing to step forward?
Rabbi M. Fletcher
Rechov Nachal Revivim 17/3
Ramat Bet Shemesh
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