January 16, 2022

Take a look at what Linda wrote

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By the Grace of G-d

Dear Friend,

I want to show you something that really touched my heart. 

I want you to see it not because it’s sad… but because it shows the incredible impact you and I can have as the fiscal year of 2021 comes to a close.

When you read it, I hope you’ll feel inspired to donate to keep this service going strong. Here’s where you can go to donate:


This message came to our office by email. It’s from Linda, a Jewish woman, a mother. You’ll immediately understand her cry from the heart when you read what she says: 

My parents were born from the ashes of the Holocaust. Some of my ancestors were rabbis. 

My great-grandfather refused to leave his synagogue as the Nazis set it ablaze, and he was burned alive.

My parents raised me without religion. They were too hurt and angry with G-d. We didn’t belong anywhere. I didn’t have a bat mitzvah, Hebrew school, or any Jewish education. 

But now, when I look at my two beautiful children, I want them to understand where they come from, their legacy, and how they carry their family story forward.

Though Linda didn’t grow up observant, her Jewish identity is as deep and powerful as it gets. 

Linda wants to pass on her people’s rich heritage and legacy to her children.

Jewish children need to know what Shabbat is, how to celebrate the Jewish holidays, and how to pray. They need to have a bar or bat mitzvah, and they need to understand the beauty of Judaism. 

A child needs to know how Jews have persevered through the ages despite persecution and oppression. 

Ultimately, Linda needs a personal connection, a role model, and a guide for her children.

But she doesn’t know where to begin. And she doesn’t know where to find these resources. 

And that’s where you come in. 

Would you please help her by making a gift of $54?

You can do that by going to:


Your donation will answer Linda’s cry for help.

You will empower her family with trustworthy and helpful information. And your gift will ensure that our rabbis and educators will help her and her family with compassionate direction and guidance.

You’ll have an impact on Linda’s children for generations to come. And even on her family in heaven.

Because I believe with all my heart that Linda’s family will be looking down from heaven, beaming with pride from their nachas (joy). 

And your gift will help even more people…

The pandemic has fueled an incredible increase of questions from people — of all walks of life, from all over the world — who seek guidance, insight, information, inspiration, and a listening ear.

We can only be there for them because of the donations from friends like you. 

As we come to the end of the fiscal year, we really need to close our books STRONG. The only way that will happen is through the kindness of you and others. 

We need to sail into 2022 with full speed and high energy!

If not, we simply won’t be able to keep up with the demand, G-d forbid.

And I’m sure you’ll agree that that would not be acceptable. 

I hope you’ll consider one last donation in this tax year. Maybe you can give $54 – or any amount that is right for you.

Go to our secure giving page at:


I can’t begin to convey how priceless your gift is in helping each and every person who comes to Chabad.org. You will make all the difference to each person seeking wisdom, guidance, and tools for life!

If you’ve received anything you value from Chabad.org — if your life is better, deeper, more equipped — then please, if at all possible: “Pay it forward,” so others can get the help they seek.

The questions people ask us range from the informational, like “How do I light my menorah?” to the complex, like: “My family member wants to be cremated. I know it’s not allowed. What should I do?” Or “There are no synagogues in my community. How can I learn more about Judaism?”

These are important questions. Each one needs a thoughtful answer!

That’s why I’m asking you to donate today.


Our online presence gives people the freedom to ask any question without fear of judgment. And our rabbis and counselors labor to give life-affirming answers that lead people toward a higher purpose and spiritual connection.

Your generosity makes it possible.

Your gift of any amount that’s right for you — will make sure that people can find the resources they need. 

(And if now is not a good time for you to give, that’s okay, too. Please do not feel at all worried or guilty!)

Chabad.org is the world’s biggest and most active Jewish website. It is THE go-to place for Jewish information. It’s a lifeline for so many. 

But what really matters is not the size and acclaim, or the huge following. It’s about one person, one connection, one soul crying out. One curious student. One agonizing parent. One elderly Holocaust survivor … One mother seeking help for her children.

And that’s what I hope you’ll think about now: How your donation can help even one person.

You’ll help someone in the crisis of their life. You’ll help someone achieve their purpose. You’ll help repair the world, one question, one person at a time.

Your donation is tax-deductible for 2021 if you give by 4:15 p.m. ET on December 31 (that’s sunset here in New York, and we shut down our giving page then in observance of Shabbat). But even if you aren’t planning to include it in your taxes, I hope you’ll give now. 

Because people need your help right now.

Here’s where you can donate, securely and conveniently:


Giving is a great way to end this fiscal year. A mitzvah that will fill your heart with joy. And you’ll make sure that Chabad.org has a strong foundation to keep going.

Thank you for your consideration.

May your home be filled with wisdom, light, warmth, and joy.

With blessings from all of us at Chabad.org,

Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin
Executive Director

P.S. Can you help Linda and so many others seeking guidance, insight, information, inspiration, and a listening ear? Your gift of $54 or any amount that’s right for you will make sure that people get the support they need. Please donate to keep Chabad.org going strong. 

Here’s where you can go to donate:


Your gift is tax-deductible if you give by sunset (4:15 p.m. Eastern time) Friday, December 31!

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