As we reflect on 5782 and mark the year to come, our celebration is punctured by the knowledge that , for too many of our fellow Canadians, the coming months will be defined by scarcity, not sweetness:
Faced with soaring food costs and runaway inflation, families living paycheque to paycheque will be forced to choose between paying rent and providing food for their children. People who survived last year on rice and beans will find their cupboards completely bare.
When they need help, they'll discover waitlists at the local food bank -- the byproduct of a strained food aid system struggling to support tens of thousands of people just like them.
That's why we're guaranteeing that 100% of your donation to this campaign will be sent to front line food projects in 60 days with 0% overhead.
So yes, the sky is dark this High Holiday season. But when the sky grows dark, our Jewish tradition tells us we must light the way ourselves.
We have faith that Olam HaBa, a World to Come, is on its way. Our tradition also tells us how we earn that World to Come: through charity, acts of lovingkindness, and enduring faith that a better world is possible.
There is a truth here both mystical and practical: The only way to reach a better world is to improve the one we have.