The Children are Our Heritage

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Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.
Psalms 127:3

In a few weeks Israel will be celebrating the joyous holiday of Purim. One of the main activities of this celebration is the sending of Mishloach Manot (Gift Baskets) from family to family. This holiday is one that is especially memorable for children. They will dress up in costume and participate in street parades.

Unfortunately, there are many children whose parents cannot afford to involve their children in this festive time as a result of their economic circumstances. Many children rely on basic nourishment at after school centers, where they congregate in the afternoons.

Israel Today has been committed for many years to ensuring a quality life for all Israeli children. This year, as in previous years, we will be concentrating our efforts to help children from needy families to enable them to enjoy this time of the year.

Through the generosity of our subscribers and readers of the magazine, Israel Today will be able to:

  • provide Mishloach Manot to needy families
  • support underprivileged children, for example, by providing meals and financing extra-mural activities

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The Value of our Children: Priceless

Posted on 4/29/2013 by in Children poverty budget cuts
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Many families in Israel are distressed as they hear of new government plans to raise taxes, introduce taxes on fruits and vegetables, and cut funding on child payments. The government hopes that tightening spending will keep the deficit under control, despite global recession.

Each family receives a monthly stipend per child, and the new budget plan is to reduce these payments. This would affect large families the most, who rely on these payments as a part of their monthly budget.

The new government is planning to make a lot of changes, which will affect different sectors of the population in various ways, but will particularly have an adverse effect on the poor and middle-class in Israel, who make up the majority. The government once had a stance to encourage the growth of big families, giving a larger stipend to those with 4 or more children. Now the plan is to have a smaller, flat rate for each child, regardless of family size, which will reduce the stipend for large families by hundreds of shekels every month.

Children are a priceless treasure to their parents, and also to Israel, as they are the future of Israeli society. Raising children is not a luxury, but a great responsibility that comes with sacrifice, from the parent and from the community. But why should the children pay the price – are they the ones who should suffer to pay the nation’s deficit? With poverty in Israel on the rise, and in particular, poverty among large families, they need all the help they can get.

You can help some of these families who are struggling to make ends meet. Your gift will help them take care of their children, who are the future of Israel. Click here.

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