28 August 2010

'Justice and only justice will we should follow'

Nowadays nothing is more important than being fair and make acts of loving-kindness

The name "Tzedakah" comes from Hebrew and means exactly; "social justice with charity". This word tzedakah has a wider significance, because charity is not only give when you have. Tzedakah assumes that what you have, in left is missing to someone.

The concept of "Tikkun Olam" - "Repair the World" has to be part of our principles. If we can not end poverty, at least try to help our neighbors out of it, if you donate one jacket, for example, you practicing a mitzvah (commandment, precept).
The Hebrew word "tzedakah" is commonly translated as "charity" or "tithe" and is partly wrong. The "charity" implies that your heart motivates you to go beyond the simple function. Tzedakah, literally means "righteousness", ie, do the right thing with responsibly.

A "tzaddik" also is a person of integrity, someone who fulfills all its obligations.
The verse says: Tzedek, tzedek you should follow - Justice, justice you should follow, that thou mayest live and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Deut. 16:20)

There is a basic human responsibility to be fair to the next. Nobody needs to be rich to do justice. Give with joy, you can donate money, time, clothes, foods, kindness or something. Doing this is a statement that "I do what I can to help."

This is the Jewish concept of "Tikkun Olam" - "Repair the World".

22 August 2010

Child Hope Campaign

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Mobilization for the rights of children and youth in Brazil

Launched in 1986, a special program of Trapalhões, 9 hours, the Criança Esperança campaign encouraged the Globo TV to discuss the situation of children and youth.

To disseminate the Universal Declaration of Rights of the Child, the campaign contributed to the inclusion of Article 227 in the 1988 Federal Constitution of Brazil, which guarantees the rights of Brazilian children. Two years later, this article gave rise to the Statute for Children and Adolescents.

Recognized by the UN as an international model, the Children's Hope encourages debate on public policies and changes lives. For two months, all programming Globo binds to present topics related to the campaign, producing special reports, and specific campaign, aiming to report on the application of funds raised.

In 2010, the Child Hope celebrates 25 years. So far, over 200 million dollars in donations have been invested in Brazil in over 5000 social projects. Such contributions have ensured the rights of more than 4 million children and adolescents, have helped reduce work and infant mortality, combating the sexual exploitation of boys and girls and to prepare low-income youth for the labor market.

Child Hope Campaign is a project of Rede Globo in partnership with UNESCO - United Nations organs for Education, Science and Culture.
All money raised by the campaign is directly deposited into the account of the UNESCO since 2004, is responsible for selection, technical and financial monitoring of supported projects.

How to help? Click here

19 August 2010

Relief for victims of floods in Pakistan

For many Pakistanis, the recent floods are only the latest disaster to impact their lives. Areas which have recently experienced insecurity are among the very worst affected. Many people in the North West had already been displaced as a result of violence, and had only recently returned home to rebuild their lives.

Others have only just recovered from recent earthquakes, which shook the northern areas in 2005 and Baluchistan in 2008. The floods will also exacerbate chronic problems due to poverty, making people more vulnerable to malnutrition or disease. Thousands of acres of crops have been washed away, and there is a significant risk of an outbreak of waterborne diseases.

Make your help for the Red Cross* and help the Pakistanis:
Donate to the Red Cross Pakistan floods appeal

18 August 2010

All persons are equal

Teach your child never to discriminate the persons.
In the vast literature this is truth: Those of us who read Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Fernando Pessoa and other great novelists, we will understand each other and we will feel us the same species, as individuals, in the works of these writers.

We will learn that as human beings, regardless of geographical or social position, color, religion, financial status or historical period, we are equal.

Nothing is better to protect us from the stupidity of prejudice, of racism, xenophobia, religious or political sectarianism and nationalism, this truth that always appears in great literature in East or West: We are all equal.

Nothing is better than reading good literature to learn to see differences in ethnic and cultural richness of the legacy and human expression of our multi-faceted creativity.

The discrimination counteract the fundamental principle of human rights.

Site Compasito:
Manual human rights education for children

"Chinuch" - Education, means shaping the child's character and guide it, step by step, in the paths that will help make it a person of integrity and a good person in its entirety.

15 August 2010

What is the best charity?

The obligation to give charity (tzedakah) can be fulfilled by giving money to the poor, to health institutions, synagogues or to educational institutions. It can also be fulfilled by supporting your children beyond the age when you are legally required, or the support of his parents in their old age. The obligation includes giving to both Jews and Gentiles.

Contrary to popular belief, Jews not only take care of our own sake, rather, a report of the study indicate that the Jews "mega-donors" (who give more than $ 10 millions per year to charities) found that only 6% of their mega-dollars were specifically for Jewish causes.

Levels of Charity
Certain kinds of tzedakah are considered more meritorious than others. The Talmud describes these different levels of tzedakah, the Rambam organized in a list. The levels of charity, from the least merit. for the most meritorious, are:

1 - Giving unwillingly.
2 - Giving less than you should, but giving it cheerfully.
3 - Giving after being asked.
4 - Giving before being asked.
5 - Giving when you do not know the identity of the recipient but the recipient knows your identity.
6 - Giving when you know the identity of the recipient but the recipient does not know his identity.
7 - Giving when neither party knows the identity of another.
8 - Giving, helping and allowing the recipient to become self-sufficient, so that no more will be needed to charity!

08 August 2010

B'nai Darfur - Sons of Darfur

The Darfur refugees in Israel.

On August 15th, 2007, Sons of Darfur was established in Israel. Sons of Darfur is a non-profit humanitarian organization, that works to develop a communal identity for Darfurian refugees in Israel through provision of social, health, educational and cultural programming and services. Aim is to empower the community; help individual members achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence while acting together to advance socio-economic status as a group. While we primarily assist the Darfurian community, the group also provides vital assistance and consultation to other refugee communities such as those from South Sudan and Eritrea.

In the short time since founding, have achieved the following:
- We have found housing for more than 17 families and assisted some 1,000 single refugees in employment and housing.
- We have conducted in-depth interviews and registration of some 750 Darfuris.
- Together with the Tel Aviv Municipality, we have registered 100 children for school.
- We have established regular Hebrew and English language lessons for adults.

The presence in Israel, and meetings with government officials, has raised awareness of the genocide occurring in Darfur. This activism has encouraged the Israeli government to assist the community in Israel and advocate on behalf of ending the genocide in Darfur.
B'nai Darfur is committed to ensuring that our community realizes its potential to be positive and contributing members of Israeli society while using our strong position to assist other, less fortunate, refugee communities in Israel.

You can help - http://www.bnaidarfur.org/?q=node/1
E-mail office@bnaidarfur.org

03 August 2010

Israeli Charity TEN YAD / Brazil

The soul-warming soup

The institution's priority is not to allow recession's cruel arm to impair human being's ability to respond to the hardships of life. Financial distress can become a dreadful prison for the individual. Throughout its 15 years of existence, Ten Yad - "lending a hand" has developed special food programs that attend to specific groups of users.

More than 2.100 people receive hot and nutritious meals every day through the 10 programs currently under operation, including the unprecedented "Meals on Wheels" program that ensures food safety for elderly people who cannot displace themselves due to severe health problems.

Full meals at home for who assisted unable to locomotion
:: Care in home for constrained to attend to in a public refectory
: :Regular visits to the care delivered by social workers
:: Motorized system of supply in two shifts
:: Use of "hot dishes" and hygienic practices.

Rua Ribeiro de Lima, 530 - Bom Retiro - SP - BR - Cep: 01122-000
E-mail: tenyad@tenyad.org.br
Bank Account: Banco Itaú - Agência: 0064 - Conta: 33460-0