"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path."
The saying "Two Jews, three opinions" humorously captures the diversity of thought within our community, even today in Israel. Despite differing opinions and interpretations, what unites us as a nation? The answer lies in our commitment to the Torah, and Scripture, and in extending a helping hand to those in need.
The last day of Sukkot marks a significant moment: the end of our annual Torah reading cycle. Simchat Torah concludes the Feast of Sukkot and ushers in a new year of Torah study. During this festival, we read the final verses of Deuteronomy and the opening lines from Genesis. This emphasizes the cyclical nature of Torah study, a sentiment we express joyfully through the ritual of hakafot, as we dance around the Torah.
This notion of the Torah being written on our hearts unites us, even in times when our opinions diverge or when we face challenges.
“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.“
The Torah teaches us the importance of "loving your neighbor as yourself," a guiding principle at Vision for Israel. Since 1994, we've been dedicated to aiding Israelis struggling with poverty. Current statistics reveal that around 2.3 million Israelis, including one million children, live below the poverty line, with nearly a fifth of the population facing food insecurity.
To address these needs, Vision for Israel distributes a range of essential supplies on a monthly basis. With your help, we've been able to support nearly 1.9 million people, including Jewish and Arab communities, immigrants, Holocaust survivors, lone soldiers, and survivors of terror.
As we approach Vision for Israel’s 30th anniversary, we're grateful to supporters like you. You help us embody the spirit of the verse, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” — Psalm 51:10
The joy inherent in biblical holidays often stems from the act of giving, especially to those less fortunate. Your support doesn't just enhance the joy of Simchat Torah; it offers crucial assistance to those who need it most, playing an invaluable role in enriching our community.
Wishing you a joyous and meaningful Simchat Torah.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
In His Service,
Barry & Batya Segal