Thousands of children nationwide will soon be checking the post for their Chanukah gelt and gifts. Sponsored by an anonymous donor, Lubavitch World Headquarters will arrange for the gifts and gelt to reach children of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim under the age of 13 in time for Chanukah.
“This is a gift by an individual who is grateful for the sacrifice these young children make,” says Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky. “The children of Chabad-Lubavitch Shluchim carry quite a responsibility as role models and they are an incredible force of goodness and joy in the lives of their respective communities.”
The response to a memorandum sent by the offices of Lubavitch World Headquarters to Shluchim nationwide, requesting the names and ages of all their children under the age of 13 has been enormous.
“My children were thrilled to get their Chanukah gifts and Chanukah gelt from Lubavitch World Headquarters,” said Rabbi Yossi Baitelman of Studio City, California. Mendel, Avi and Chaya were delighted with the thoughtfully selected toys they received last year. A new addition since last Chanukah, baby Sholom Ber, means the entire Baitelman brood will be looking out for his package, too.
And the parents are no less enthusiastic about this new tradition. “It’s a wonderful gesture of recognition for the dedication and many small sacrifices that our children make living far from their relatives and the comforts of life in a metropolitan Jewish city,” says Rabbi Berel Levertov, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.