"All Heart" Mitzvah
Monsey Girl's Mitzvah Project is All Star, All Kosher and All Heart.
When I was a kid growing up in the Bronx, New York, I first learned about tzedakah by putting coins in a pushke(charity box) before my mother lit the Shabbat or holiday candles. I also knew that there were adults who gave large sums of money to local synagogues and schools and to orphanages and institutes in Israel. As much pride and love as I felt sharing what little I had with the less fortunate, I knew I was a kid and had to wait for ‘big time’ giving until I grew up.
Eliana Shatkin, now 13, is a 7th grader at Monsey New York’s Adolph Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland County (known as ASHAR) talked with her mother Debbie, then did some research. Eliana tells us how she found our Lev LaLev website and learned about our special girls at the Rubin-Zeffren Home in Netanya. “I related to them because after all, they’re girls…” Eliana said. She continued by remarking, “No matter how hard you think you have it, after reading about the orphans, it helps you to realize how good you’ve got it – and not to take things for granted.” That’s how the relationship between our girls and Eliana recently began.
Until Monsey was blasted with an unprecedented pre-Purim snowstorm, she was on target to be even more successful with this year's project than her first. We are already looking forward to planning for her 3rd annual Mishloach Manot campaign.
Get to know our "Mitzvah Star - Eliana"
All of us at Lev LaLev, along with our dear girls at the Rubin-Zeffren Home, want to say a collective "Todah Rabbah M'kol haLev" - many thanks from the heart, for the labor of love that Eliana has showered upon us! We look forward to sharing many moments of joy with the Shatkin Family and welcome them to visit our Home when they travel to Israel.