Repentance, prayer, and… schnorr?

Today, as a prosperous hi-tech nation, can Israel truly justify asking for millions of dollars in charity from Jews abroad, especially when Israelis themselves give so little?

By SHLOMO MAITAL
October 17, 2019 20:10
Repentance, prayer, and… schnorr?

Roman Abramovich, said to be the wealthiest Israeli citizen, and Chelsea Women's Manager Emaa Hayes at the Western Wall . (photo credit: SHAHAR AZRAN/ CHELSEA F.C)

“Repentance, prayer and charity avert the severity of the decree.”

These words are from one of the most moving parts of the High Holy Days prayer book, the beautiful U’netane Tokef prayer.
The New Year 5780 has spurred me to think about whether I and my fellow Israelis truly do follow the precept of giving generously to charity.

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