Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Think Before You Speak or Spam

When sending out emails requesting your friends and anyone on your email list to do xyz, please make sure the request is appropriate.

A little while ago I receive an email from someone I don't know at all, telling me that I just have to shop through a certain website. There was some special going that I just had to take advantage of.

The website was for baby goods. Since I don't have any babies and my niece is already a little girl, no longer a baby, I am not in the market for buying baby things.

If you decide to SPAM people, at least be sensitive to who they are. NEVER EVER presume if someone is a woman, she automatically has kids to buy for. There are many women who are not even married, let alone whether they have kids.

In a course I took some years ago, we were taught a simple but effective rule to increase your sensitivity to others. Along the lines of the above paragraph: Never ASSUME. If you ASSUME, all you do is make an ASS out of U and ME.

In addition to being more sensitive with your Spamming, please also think before bragging about how many kids you have. Once again, there are women who don't have kids and women who are older who are not even married yet. Please be sensitive to your Jewish sisters.

Since it is Elul and a good time to think of others, what you can do is give to help those women who can not afford to attend the Mikvah. For those who are still single, please consider sponsoring their shidduchim costs or towards Hachnasat Kallah.

Thank you for your consideration and your generosity.

For any of you who do not have the means to give but would like to, please do be in touch. We will happily work out an arrangement for you to help gather donations for these projects and receive a commission from monies raised.

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