I was in India with sixteen other rabbis on a rabbinic delegation, sponsored by the American Jewish World Service. Among the many images I brought home with me from India were these two little girls, who took up residence in my heart.
If Congress does not act quickly after the election to pass a new Farm Bill, the money that exists for emergency food aid will run out in 2013. This could put up to 30 million hungry people at risk in the event of a crisis.
Looking at these pieces of art gives me great hope that a new generation of globally conscious designers are celebrating the critical role that tzedakah plays in today's world and that the next generation of Jews will both give and talk about giving.
What's tough is if everything, like every visit to an airport, is always Code Orange. Constant, low level anxiety starts to feel like the Cause That Cried Wolf--hard to trust, harder to back over time.