Letter of Congratulations
I would like to congratulate the volunteers of Chasdei Naomi – headed by the honored Rabbi Yosef Cohen, a man of wide-ranging activity and a tireless promoter of charitable causes and deeds of benevolence – on the thirtieth anniversary of the organization’s founding.
Thousands of families struck by misfortune are aided each month by the food baskets that Chasdei Naomi distributes. Brides and grooms from poor families, as well as destitute orphans, benefit from the organization’s generous assistance in a dignified and uplifting way. Thousands of volunteers are active with the organization, whose geographic spread makes it a mighty source of support for the needy at the national level.
The limited space of this letter cannot do justice to the organization’s breadth of activity, which encompasses the entire cycle of the year – the High Holidays and Passover, clothing, toys for children, heating in winter for the elderly, and much, much more. These efforts have made the name “Chasdei Naomi” synonymous with charity and benevolenc
The children of Abraham may be identified by three salient character traits: they are merciful, chaste and doers of kindness. This latter quality of benevolence is the shining light that, like a beacon, illuminates over forty Chasdei Naomi branches throughout the country.
I will conclude with the words of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 58: “Is it not to share thy bread with the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house; when thou sees the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thy own flesh. Then shall thy light break forth like the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearguard. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am.”
Your efforts are greatly appreciated and highly esteemed.
May you be inscribed for a good year.
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau