Tuesday, April 29, 2008

For only a couple dollars a day you too can...

Today I received a letter in the mail that gave me pause to recall those old Sally Struthers commercials where she walked around African villages talking about feeding poor Africans and how, for pennies a day, you could give them food and clothing and school materials.

But instead of young African children this letter was urging me, for only $2.40/day to feed Elderly Russian Jews. Now I like Jews as much as the next Gentile. I'm a sucker for latkes and Matzo Ball soup really IS Jewish penicillin-- but I couldn't help but chuckle at this plea to feed Elderly Russian Jews.

The thing is, if I were to do something like this, I wouldn't want to just feed an Elderly Russian Jew, I'd want to adopt one like those African kids in the Sally Struthers commercials. I'd want to possibly someday even show up at their door with a bottle of Manischewitz Passover Wine, some Gefilte Fish, a jar of top notch horseradish, and a pot roast or maybe some Corned Beef and hear their tales of growing up in Russia in days past.

But instead I just nodded to myself in disbelief... oy vey!


tworabbitshow said...

I think I'd have to pass... I hear Elderly Russian Jews need a lot of grooming and walks twice daily.

tworabbitshow said...

OMG I just noticed you have Jesus Jones on your playlist. Bra-VO.

David Amulet said...

Wow. I've seen my share of bad spam and awkward pleas for assistance, but this one is new to me.

No young Russian Jew options? Sad.

Snooze said...

If it is a legit charity, that is *exactly* what I would support. The antisemitism in some parts of Russia is horrific.

Susan as herself said...

OK, I don't know why I find that idea so funny, but I laughed aloud. And why RUSSIAN Jews? Are they worse off than Romanian Jews or Hungarian Jews or Dutch Jews?
Maybe they are just colder, or maybe their supermarkets are less accessible. Or maybe they haven't noticed the McDonald's and Burger Kings everywhere now.

OK, I am officially going to hell.