Extended Chabad Family Vows To Perform 18,000 Acts Of Kindness In 2020

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The Litvin family of Kentucky (Courtesy of Chabad/org.News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (JNS) A rabbi and his sons in Louisville, Ky., have pledged to do acts of kindness for 18,000 people in 2020 in honor of those who lost their lives to violence, the Louisville Courier Journal reported.

Rabbi Avrohom Litvin, regional director for Chabad of Kentucky, based in Louisville, will officially launch a new charity program called Project Friendship on Sunday—the first night of Hanukkah.

Project Friendship will honor the martyrs of 2019 by “illuminating the lives of 18,000 people throughout the Commonwealth by distributing over $5 million of new clothing and shoes to the poor and needy of Kentucky,” said Litvin. “In the world that we’re living in today, there are many different forms of darkness: poverty, hate, racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry. Our goal with Project Friendship is to invigorate, energize and support each other.”

“Friendship Corners” have been set up in clinics across Kentucky for people who need clothing, much of which comes from online returns from companies such as Amazon and Target, making all the items brand-new. The charity picks up items donated by companies at nearby distribution centers, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

The $5 million worth of clothes they hope to give away in the next year will the organization about $100,000 in warehousing, trucking and distribution costs.

Project Friendship is also partnering with state organizations, such as foster care and the Kentucky Justice Department, to help distribute new coats and shoes. They hope one day to have a mobile truck filled with items they can distribute across the state.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—“inspired Chabad leaders across the world to respond to darkness with light and constantly seek opportunities to help their communities,” said Litvin, who became an emissary serving the Jews of Kentucky 1985. “This is our way of doing that this Hanukkah season.”

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Chabad-Lubavitch has joined the Reform movement in pursuing “tikkun olam”.

    What great nachas for the late Rebbe.

    What a great Kiddush Lubavitch!

    • Oh, absolutely. For example, Rava, who accepted charity from the queen of Persia and distributed it to non-Jewish poor people (Bava Basra 10b)? Total Reformer. Why, everyone knows that religious Jews are supposed to be tight-fisted misers.

      Or, you might want to consider the possibility that you don’t have a clue as to what you’re talking about.

  2. Chabad-Lubavitch imitates Reform:

    You’re an idiot. I only ask Hashem that you don’t have to come onto Lubavitch for them to help one of your kids when they chas vshalom go off the derech, after watching your hate, while growing up.

  3. B”H
    Rabbi Litvin is taking hold of a great opportunity and steering it to benefit others. This is 1000% Chabad and 1000% good inclination. To ignore this would have been absolute evil inclination. Let’s be clear!

  4. The main thing is that they are getting publicity, which is one of the fundamentals of Chabad-Lubavitch.

    Reform ahin, Reform aher, PR yeah, they are following in the derech of the Rebbe to get PR.

    Find a stunt to get into the news.

    • So you’re saying that the proper way is to be embarrassed of our Judaism, and keep it underground?

      In the real world, PR has value because (a) it shows the world that we are proud to be Jews (ויגבה לבו בדרכי השם), and (b) it makes it possible for Jews who otherwise might never have learned anything about Judaism to do so.

      • Sorry, I am an old-fashioned Jew and I was taught what it says in the נביא מיכה, ו:ח, namely הגיד לך אדם מה טוב ומה ה’ דורש ממך כי אם עשות משפט ואהבת חסד והצנע לכת עם אלקיך.

        Hashem desires הצנע לכת, walking with Him with tznius.

        As Chazal say אין לך יפה מן הצניעות.

        I presume you will not claim that Chazal and Micha Hanavi were embarrassed of their Yiddishkeit.

        • So does that make the Rashba a newfangled Jew? Because he says (Chelek Alef, teshuvah 681) that it is correct according to the Torah to give publicity to those who do mitzvos – an example being Reuven saving Yosef in last week’s Parsha. So maybe והצנע לכת doesn’t quite mean what you think it does?

          • Do you remember when Jews helped the blacks gain equal rights? Well, we’re hated by 60% of blacks today (percentage is my guess). Same will happen here. I’m not saying you can only help Jews, but doing these things on a grand scale won’t get you to be liked…

  5. It is time to dispel the ill conceived perception of the goyim about from hidden. Hatzlacha to Rabbi Litvin & his mishpacha. Hopefully this will open some of anti-semites minds & help people along the way. While I have no love for a goyish pollack Thousands of Yidden were saved, hidden and survived due to the help of righteous goyim, not because they like us, but because Yidden treated them kindly, with respect & dignity & set an example of how to live according to Hashems way.When millions burned these goyim remembered those Yidden and did the right thing. I am not a Lubavitcher, but i applaud Rabbi Litvin, for the Rebbe Z”TL was correct we can only bring an end to evil darkness by shining the light of Torah. We are the Or Haolam. Rabbi I hope the you light spreads all over KY and in the process you demonstrate how humans should treat one another. Please spread along with the clothing a copy of the 7 Noahide laws in each pocket.

  6. It is time to dispel the ill conceived perception of the goyim about from Yidden. Hatzlacha to Rabbi Litvin & his mishpacha. Hopefully this will open some of anti-semites minds & help people along the way. While I have no love for a goyish pollack Thousands of Yidden were saved, hidden and survived due to the help of righteous goyim, not because they like us, but because Yidden treated them kindly, with respect & dignity & set an example of how to live according to Hashems way.When millions burned these goyim remembered those Yidden and did the right thing. I am not a Lubavitcher, but i applaud Rabbi Litvin, for the Rebbe Z”TL was correct we can only bring an end to evil darkness by shining the light of Torah. We are the Or Haolam. Rabbi I hope that your light spreads all over KY and in the process you demonstrate how humans should treat one another. Please spread along with the clothing a copy of the 7 Noahide laws in each pocket.

  7. WHAT A BRILLIANT AND AMAZING ACT OF CHESED!!! VERY CREATIVE THINKING TO GET THE 5 MILLION IN CLOTHING DONATED. THEY ARE GETTING THE CLOTHING FOR 2 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR FOR LOGISTICAL COSTS. BARUCH HASHEM. I AM SURE THAT AMONG THE 18,000 RECIPIENTS THERE WILL BE THOUSANDS OF YIDDEN AS WELL. IT IS ALSO FULFILLING THE MITZVAH OF BAL TASHCHIS AND THE MITZVAH OF KIDDUSH HASHEM B’RABIM. YASHER KOACH!!! I HOPE THIS PROJECT SPREADS TO EVERY STATE IN THE USA.

  8. For many years the frum critiqued others for such projects. The frum viewpoint was that the ikar is to work on our own needs, as Hillel says in Pirkei Avos, אם אין אני לי מי לי. There are plenty of other groups that deal with such things. But those other groups do not support Yiddishkeit על פי טהרת הקודש.

    That remains the standard frum viewpoint today.

    That was the point made above. That this sort of thing is a departure from that tradition and consensus.

  9. In this day and age when all our neighbors are showing their true colors towards Jews, it’s nice and
    also necessary to come up with this kind of initiative. Yes, tzodokoh for yiddishe moisdos and organizations are critically important but so is doing what this Chabad Rabbi is doing.

    I wish I knew all about Lubavich at a younger age. keep up the good work.

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