"Sixty runners speed along but cannot overtake the person who breaks bread in the morning." — Jewish Proverb
Hello <<First Name>>- Because of the work I’m doing, I spend a good amount of timing thinking about how important food is in our lives — and what it is like for those who don’t have enough of it. From the Babylonian Talmud (the central text of Rabbinic Judaism) we learn “Why to eat bread in the morning:” It protects against heat and cold, winds and demons; It makes the simple wise, causes a person to win lawsuits, and helps a person to study and teach, to have his words heeded, and to retain scholarship. Pretty powerful stuff.
As Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, approaches, I have been taking stock of the past year and have begun making plans for the new year. 2015 has been a year of many ups and downs for me. As in 2014, I was hospitalized 4 times for different health reasons which really disrupted my daily life, but I have been able to continue performing and raising money for the Atlanta Hunger Relief Fund, (AHRF) and I am blessed to be surrounded by loving family and friends and people who care about others.
I look around and find much illness in people, but their desire to live and function as best they can is great. No sitting at home for them; they’re up and about and doing whatever — with passion. Where does passion stop and stubbornness begin? I’m not sure but I keep plugging along at the best pace I can.
During Rosh Hashana we eat apples dipped in honey, as a symbol of having a sweet new year. I have to say that the symbolism of a honey-dipped apple feels especially poignant when I think about beginning another year of raising awareness about, and money for, Atlanta’s hungry.
To date the Atlanta Hunger Relief Fund has collected and distributed $170,000 to hunger relief organizations in Atlanta. When I think about what that means to families, children, and seniors who don’t know where their next meals will come from, I am both pleased that we’ve helped as much as we have — and concerned about those who are still struggling with food insecurity. I also know Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.
So, as I begin my new year, I reaffirm my goal of raising the AHRF total to $200,000 by December 31, 2015 to feed Atlanta’s hungry. I will keep working — one donation, one CD, one concert at a time. Will you help me? Your donation makes a big difference! And if you’ve already donated, please consider hosting a concert for your group, or forwarding this message to people you know who would love to help.
Please donate using PayPal or credit card by clicking “Donate” above, or by check to the Atlanta Hunger Relief Fund, 1118 Empire Rd NE, Atlanta, GA, 30329. You can learn more about my efforts by visiting my website at danappelrouth.org.
Thank you so much for your support! I couldn’t do it without you.