My friend pointed out something very disturbing to me. Especially disturbing because it was also about me.
But how many of us actually appreciate this unbelievable service? I mean, really appreciate it.
Sadly, I think most of us don’t. You know what my measurement is? My friend pointed out that almost no one ever gets up to help.
Oh. my. God. We totally think this whole thing is just coming to us! I am sure that some of the attendants donate to the Kollel, hopefully regularly or as much as their pockets allow, but when you get something you really appreciate, you don’t just sit there and take it. You have a feeling of owing something back.
I’m so happy that at least I can have a bit of a clearer conscience because it just so happens that last week I served dessert (it was fun too, by the way). But, um, it was my first time. My FIRST time and I’ve been going to the Kollel regularly since I arrived in Vancouver around 2.5 years ago.
I’m so embarrassed but I’m writing this because we must change! I really think my friend is right that it might be a beautiful experiment for the Kollel to just not serve dinner for a couple of weeks. Because guess what. They don’t have to.
The Kollel is a place where all Jews are so welcome. No one ever ever EVER makes you feel uncomfortable about money – I’ve never been asked for a donation, EVER – and it’s probably the most effective social place for Jews – at least young Jews – in town.
Please, lets work on this, people.