Sitting in New York City, today, eating lunch, and reading The New York Times about the Moishe House urban kibbutzes (or “ir-butz’s”) in the USA (They said it was like “the Real World,” but without the hidden cameras, but with challah), I was reminded of my 2009 trip to the Washington DC Moishe House for a bible class with a Pardes faculty member.
Naturally, this made me think of how The Red Cross raised over $1 million quickly through a texting campaign. By texting “Haiti” to a certain number, cellphone owners were charged a certain amount for charity.
Which brings me to the idea of texting my pushke. You heard of texting and even sex-ting; I guess this can be TZ(edaka)EXTing.
Who wants to quit their job and join me as a philanthropic consultant? Let’s set up programs for Jewish charities that lets admirers text a contribution to the UJA, JNF, AJC, AJWS, or anywhere else. Kindling the Shabbat candles? Why drop some coins in a pushke? Simply text “Shabbat” to 18 18 18 …. and you get charged $18 for tzedaka
Hear about some outrage or carnage? Simply text “Foxman” to 18 18 18, and the ADL gets 18 shekels; text “oy oy oy” and the Magen David Adom gets some coins; text “challah” and Mazon gets your bucks.
Nahhhhh.. on second thought, I will stay at work, finish my lunch and maybe get a cookie without a border.