by Janet Ruth Falon (Elkins Park, PA)
When I give tzedakah
I feel rich.
Somehow, the act of giving
even something small, like shalach manot,
gives me a feeling of wealth
of wallet and of spirit.
But tzedakah is about more than giving money;
it’s about trusting that the universe regenerates
and that a lopped-off limb
I couldn’t have given tzedakah years ago,
not in the real sense,
and it’s not that I was ever teetering on poverty.
But after years of believing
that an empty bowl would remain empty
and a well might well run dry
I finally feel
that I am more than enough
without risking my own disappearance.
Janet Ruth Falon is a writer and writing teacher in Elkins Park, PA. Her latest book, In the Spirit of the Holidays: Readings to Enrich Every Jewish Holiday, contains 146 poems about the holidays and can be purchased on Amazon at http://a.co/d/5pejb3w, or through Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org.