Six-Word Memoirs: Where Do You Give?
According to literary legend, Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a story using only six words. He did it: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” The six-word story is a challenge in clarity and brevity, in which we’re asked to distill what are complicated emotions and events into that which is seemingly basic, but powerful. SMITH Magazine has published various books of 6 Word Memoirs, and recently teamed up with the folks from Reboot to invite folks to write six-word memoirs of Jewish identity and life.
There are few topics more perplexing than money, how we use it, access it, think about it and distribute it. This week marks the launch of AJWS’s Where Do You Give? National Design Competition. Where Do You Give? seeks to raise the level of discourse around tzedakah in the American Jewish community and to explore the underlying questions that drive our decisions regarding where to give, to whom and why, and the design competition is aimed at reimagining, literally, the traditional tzedakah box.
To kick off the competition, we asked some of our colleagues at AJWS to come up with their own six-word memoirs on Jewish giving. Without further ado:
So many obligations. Well, give anyway! –Sasha Feldstein
Better to give than to receive. –Erika Davis
No matter where I give: guilt. –Suzanne Lipkin
A giving Jew is a happy Jew. –Ilan Caplan
If only 1% would give 10%. –Sasha Feldstein
Got allowance. Saved, spent, gave tzedakah. –Lisa Exler
Tzedakah. Just do it, Torah says. –Erika Davis
Chosen people: choose your favorite charities! –Ilan Caplan
Value your money. Give some away. –Jessica Soria Korsunsky
End of December? Tzedakah spreadsheet time! –Lisa Exler
Where do I give? Dunno. Sorry. –Ilan Caplan
Put money where your mouth is. –Sasha Feldstein
All of those lattes add up. –Erika Davis
Grocery shopping; cans for food pantry. –Lisa Exler
Radical politics manifest in radical giving. –Chanel Dubofsky
Wanna be a philanthropist? You are. –Ilan Caplan
What’s your Six Word Memoir about Giving? Tell us below!
This article was originally posted at Pursue: Action for a Just World.