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Why is it traditional to give to the hungry before Yom Kippur?

In the Haftarah (prophetic portion) we read on the morning of Yom Kippur, the prophet Isaiah teaches:

Is such the fast I desire, a day for men to starve their bodies? Is it bowing the head like a bulrush and lying in sackcloth and ashes? Do you call that a fast, a day when the LORD is favorable? No, this is the fast I desire: to unlock the fetters of wickedness, and untie the cords of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free; to break off every yoke. It is to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin.

Thus, in the days leading up to Yom Kippur, we fulfill this demand by participating in Project Isaiah. We encourage you to bring non-perishable food to the synagogue, which we will pass along to the Kosher Food Pantry.

In addition, once again, our COSY teens will be stationed in front of the sanctuary in the minutes leading up to our Kol Nidre service on Tuesday, October 8th. We ask that you empty your pockets of spare change at that time; the money collected will be given to the chapter's Tikun Olam (charitable) fund.

"The entire world is a very narrow bridge - the key is to not be afraid." -Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav

Sun, July 12 2020 20 Tammuz 5780