“Upon three things the world stands: upon Torah, upon Prayer and upon acts of kindness.”
– Ethics of Our Fathers, Chapter 1: V. 2
That which instructs my acts of charity – giving to others – is informed by my Jewish faith, as others are by their Christian, Islam, Buddhism, Humanism, etc. faiths and philosophies. The Talmud is very specific in delineating that which is REAL and that false concerning good deeds, charity and acts of kindness … anonymous giving ranks first and foremost in G-d’s eyes as one is then REALLY without selfish or self ingratiating motives. Surely none of us – including myself is without avarice and need of affirmation when we extend a helping hand but blatant self promotion is definitely an affront to G-d if that is what one primarily seeks as a sort of repayment for a charitable act. In other blog posts I have written, presented and made mention of my REAL charitable involvements – even sharing my REAL documents, awards and letters of appreciation from such involvement - thus I could and would never claim to have reached perfect Judaic posture by remaining unknown in those activities. However, my lifelong REAL devotion to REAL family, friends and worldwide causes remain far too many to list or be boastful about … yes, I consider it braggart and yet not necessarily a evil thing to “show off” such matters if the impetus is pure. The wrong doing is denoted (especially) when minimal and sparse efforts are apparently presented to create an illusion of charity, with no REAL unselfish intent. In other words, those thinking that all their REALLY negative and damaging and even criminal actions can or will be assuaged by a single or two good deed [REALLY nothing more than self-aggrandizing act] are quite delusional, for neither the legal system nor G-d forgets or forgives REAL evil.
My involvement in charitable and outreach organizations are and have always been local, national and international … these categorizations are important as this too references what my Jewish faith demands concerning such endeavors. Judaism states that only when an individual REALLY takes cares of “their own” – their REAL family, friends and community – can larger scoped good deeds be deemed worthy of praise. In other words, doing good just to be faking appearances of worldly sophistication is not accepted as worthwhile – especially when one is a poseur and has also done some very disgusting and hateful acts simultaneously. Yes, I feel grateful for those few poor souls the “accidental” self congratulatory do gooder might have helped but there is no REAL glory in such subterfuges. We all – especially me – have seen/known the type who would probably never consider helping an inner city Detroit minority youth because no feel good back slapping would be forthcoming and yet that same faux character will do a group paid for Kenyon or Haiti [with REALLY minimal resulting benefits for those supposedly being helped that I have been able to discover] “mission” trip in order to get a one time photo op for Facebook or lure their delusional minds into believing they are a good person. You must trust me on this – I have the REAL facts on just such a (one in particular) member of my nemesis THE REAL Evil Doers Club™ and I am quite sure each of you knows similar ridiculous types. Listen my dear readers, I and my husband have donated money, and dressed in gown and tux to sit through far too many to remember fund raiser charity balls … faces we were in crowds for photo-ops that helped raise awareness for that cause. But equally my REAL family, friends, husband and I have done multiple behind the scenes REALLY hard work for national and international programs. Also, as important – my husband and I have done nearly Herculean acts of charity and assistance for many of our REAL friends and family – for individuals we cared about and at times persons almost strangers that were in need. I would be remiss to not mention that many have done similar heroic acts to assist myself and husband. Among my REAL family, friends and colleagues the many, many personal and public aspects of their charitable deeds are truly stunning – so many absolutely amazing efforts and acts of kindness and REAL unselfish tasks at their own expense to help others that I am in constant awe of these people who have blessed and honored my life with their presence. One example is when dear friend and the man that helps keep my beautiful outside, Dr. Richard Glunk, REALLY unselfishly flew to Haiti to help after the recent earthquake … my darling and talented friend, gave up substantial earnings from patients to attend to the victims of that horrible disaster. Nothing intrinsically wrong in any way with either quiet anonymous or publicly championed acts of charity but the REAL truth is if only the posed and affectation effort were part of who we were, then neither our communities nor G-d should look fondly on our efforts … no matter how well intended nor the few who had benefited.
As a practicing Jew, I assure you that even the most subtle anti-Semitism does not go unnoticed and I am REALLY blessed with REAL Christians in my life who also recognize such directed insult and intent from the loathsome … most recently from and by those of The Miscreants™ that we are suing and that law enforcement are investigating. These hateful persons have posted on social media sites [as I have detailed in previous blog posts] more than one pointed anti-Semitic remark. In fact, their insinuations and comments were so egregious that my husband insisted Prosecutors and our lawyers seriously consider including “hate crimes” charges and lawsuits against these enemies. This relates to charity in that they – particular one female definitely guilty of anti-Semitism toward myself and my children, manically posts/claims charitable deeds. In my blog post on 11 December 2012, Chanukah – Defeating Enemies through G-d’s Real Miracles! I shared biblical reference to those who thwart or hurt the chosen people, Israel and we Jews shall be punished by G-d. How is it then that this idiot woman thinks a one or two time faux postured charitable act which she narcissistically brags about, along with nearly illiterate bible Christian Facebook notations, will keep her from the wrath of the L-rd??? This “evil doer” Michigan female is not without company in that many do similar … why even the Nazis were said to love their families and give charity to those that would flatter their bogus and evil existences. Outrage was the tonality of the individual who once again saw my nemesis posturing her minimal good deeds on Facebook … considering the REAL truth my dear colleague is aware of concerning this creature and her cohorts, my non-Jewish supporter was furious when she spotted a faux display of “Christian” generosity by this vicious Michigan woman. After all, my Jewish faith – the foundation of all others – is not singular in condemning braggarts of charitable efforts – the New Testament in Matthew 6::3 warns “… do not let thy left hand know what your right hand is doing.”. You see REAL goodness is evident and fallacious effort eventually – most times by the perpetrators own words and misdeeds – exposed for the entire world to see and understand. In her book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti, the [Jewish] writer Amy Wilentz expresses a similar concern to my own in reference to the poseurs of self congratulatory charitable acts by Americans; her book and recent related NPR interview is enlightening as to explaining that despite some minor benefits to those being administrated to, no REAL selfless nor permanent accomplishments are left behind. Odd that my husband and I decided to purchase this book and then heard Ms. Wilentz being interviewed on NPR this week – as is so often the case for us, the stunning coincidence affirmed that we are not singular in being put off and suspicious of faux dictated quid pro quo “Christian” charitable effort as those showed off on our Michigan nemesis Facebook page … quite troublesome that our personal foe is not alone in such questionable activities. The answer is not to prevent honest and REAL efforts to help the world’s many struggling people – the answer instead is that we must not be false in our concerns nor demanding of return acceptance of a faith or philosophy as our paid currency!
P.S. The photo above is of the Tzedakah Box, which my Jewish faith uses to help our children learn the important values which are “The Foundation of the World” – this was bought for my twin sons, Aleksander Benjamin and Chase Josef Eliasz-Solomon … the ONLY REAL children of my husband, Chester Michael Eliasz-Solomon. As always, I ask that you read my end 2013 memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! for all the REAL details on how my dear REALLY good Catholic husband became the Father of Jewish children – courtesy of me, his REALLY devoted and REALLY charitable Jewish wife. Also included in my memoir will be full and REAL details of what my husband and I decided to call our “caring and sharing plan” – that is what we will do for REALLY worthwhile REAL family and friends [never ever will any of The Miscreants™ benefit of course] at each year’s end as our blessing of personal fortune [from multiple endeavors] grows … proofing that old adage true “charity REALLY does begin at home”!
Note: There REALLY are too many to list … my multiple organizations and charitable efforts are at times overwhelming – rendering my email inbox full of daily messages. A particular important international cause that has gotten my considerable attention and determined need to travel the globe the last few years is Water.org … we/this group of dedicated individuals REALLY believe that next world [U.S.A. included] human crisis will be clean water. Please join me via Twitter, Facebook, email, etc. in discovering what you can REALLY do to give the entire world’s population sustainable and available water. Among this decades old organization’s leading members are many dignitaries, artists of all disciplines [including actor Matt Damon], scientists, journalists, NGO (non government organizations – a long time favorite of mine in all things humanitarian) types, government officials, dignitaries, philanthropies of all sorts and everyday citizens who REALLY care!!!
F.Y.I. The lovely fashion photo I decided to share with you here is a wee bit of a “poke” at a certain [in my and my husband who knows this creature since his 20’s opinion] “manic fake Christian” Michigan miscreant female … you see, my sensibilities were as equally (slightly) offended when I saw this photo in my December 2012 Town & Country Magazine, as when I was shown [apparently still obsessed with me] Michigan chic posturing her “mission” Kenya photo with youths she supposedly cared about; we find her seriously delusional as to her own character because this same individual has been hateful, threatening and extremely anti-Semitic toward myself, my husband and our REAL children – not to mention insulated in her all white suburban middle of middle of middle American Detroit suburb home. No amount of sartorial symbols can obfuscate REAL evil nor lack of true compassion. By the way, this T & C photo’s model is REALLY far more attractive than loser lady from Michigan and still probably less narcissist egocentric … just saying!