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Two-way street?

Two-way street?

Just after electricity was restored to my home, I retrieved an e-mail from the Hartman Institute in Israel announcing a new book on tzedaka, Jewish giving.

It subsequently appeared to me that no tzedaka came from Israel for the victims of the Northeast natural disaster. I started thinking about the tzedaka of Americans for Israel in the amount of about $3 billion dollars per year, for the last of about 60 years a large number.

It also appeared to me that, thank God, Israel’s economy is in very good shape, proportionally stronger than that of the United States. I can not understand why Israel did not even suggest to temporarily divert the $3 billion of aid to the American victims, or even offer additional aid?

Jonas Rabin

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