Tikkun Olam: Clicking for Good

freeRiceLogo.gifImabima’s blog with its numerous ads encouraged me to write this post.

As Jews we are mandated to “heal a fractured world” – to quote Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – by performing ethical mitzvot. We believe that mitzvot have practical this-wordly social and educational effects on those who perform them, and thus, the mizvot will improve the Jews and the world. The fact is that it is easy and quick to contribute to good causes just by clicking on the right picture

For instance if you go to The Hunger Site, you will be invited to click so as to help feed hungry people. This is how it works:
– You click daily and are lead to another page where sponsors appear.
– The sponsors pay for cups of food.

The same site hosts other organizations which you can help in the same way:
The Breast Cancer Site offers free mammograms.
The Child Health Site provides free healthcare.
The Literacy Site funds programs to provide books to children in need.
The Rainforest Site backs programs to protect and preserve rainforest habitat.
The Animal Rescue Site provides food and care for rescued animals.

Free Rice is slightly different in that you are invited to play a word game. For each word you get right, they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. It is good fun; you increase your word power and do a good deed at the same time.

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