Anna Levin Rosen

In Kiddushin 40b we are taught, "Great is the study that leads to practice." My parents modeled for me both the value of tzedakah and the importance of encouraging others to give. This project strengthened my resolve to serve as both fundraiser and philanthropist as I begin my career in the rabbinate. By studying the central role of tzedakah in Jewish communal life, I am convinced that God trusts us to distribute the gifts of creation justly, according to our evolving traditions. I have come to see the fundraiser as a shadchan, matching the stewards of divine gifts with opportunities to invest in their values. With the national emphasis on civic obligation we encounter an eit ratzon for teaching the about the economic generosity that is incumbent upon every member Jewish community.