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.
Poverty among the youngest and the weakest in our nation has reached a shockingly high rate. The rate of poor children in Israel has risen more than 50% since 1998 and continues to increase.
In a few short days, Jewish families will gather around the Passover Seder table with family, friends and neighbors.