Do you really need my money?
No. We are all working adults, and we earn enough money to make end’s meet. On good months we can even put some saving’s away. Rafi is a marketing manager, Natasha an English and gymnastics teacher. Moshe is a magic teacher and magician, and is in school in the University Center of Ariel (also in Samaria) learning computer science. Suzy works in a big company in Tel Aviv. The Barrixes also work in a big building doing corporate stuff near in the Azrielli Towers, Israel’s equivalent of the World Trade Center.
Then why should I donate to you?
Because unlike us, there are people in Israel who do need it. If we all end up taking out a mortgage, we will all end up buying a $200,000 house for $400,000. The difference, all interest payments, will all go to some bank executive who will use it to buy caviar and gold plated hubcaps for his limited edition Bentley GT 5000 whatever. If, however, you enable us to build houses without having to take a mortgage from a bank, we will pay every dollar forward to causes in Israel, month by month, until the entire principle is given away.
How can you afford to do that?
Because, as said before, we are working, wage earning people with jobs. A $200,000 mortgage would cost us nearly $1300 a month for 20 years, which we would not be able to forward to charity. We would barely able to afford paying our dear bank executive so he can buy his caviar while we split our toilet paper in an attempt to squeeze by.
We don’t earn that much and we’re not rich. But if we build a house in cash with no mortgage over our heads, we would easily be able to pay $500-$1000 a month to charity. Month by month, everything would be paid forward, all to people who actually need the money and have no use for caviar and golden hubcaps, so craved by the CEO of some bank giant.
What’s the deal with the stick figures?
I (Rafi) can’t draw, but I find that basic illustrations say a lot. I did the same with my wedding invitation I drew up in 20 seconds on an oily napkin at my father in law’s house in Miami, Florida.
Why should I trust you?
This is our favorite question. Here’s the answer. The Jewish Nation has historically tried to escape its destiny and mission. That mission is to be a Light unto the Nations of the world. We want to be just like everyone else, to be left alone, not to be paid attention to. This is the entire purpose, driving force, and meaning of the Middle East “Peace Process”, the process by which we will finally be left alone after 3,000 years, or so we believe. We just want quiet and for everyone to stop looking at us as if we were some historical anomaly and why the heck are we still here etc.
God will never let any of that happen. The Jews will never be left alone. We will either be a Light unto the world, or we will be thrown to the wolves. Again.
That’s where we come in. We, the Settlers of Samaria, are trying to be that Light. We understand the Jewish People’s mission and destiny, and we are deeply aware that the world looks to the Jews for moral leadership, whether consciously or not. When we don’t provide that leadership, God leaves us, we are hated, and the rest is Jewish history.
As such, we cannot afford to desecrate God’s name and endanger the Jewish Nation by publicly stealing other people’s hard-earned cash. Everything you give will be paid forward.
How will I receive my tax deductible receipt?
Give us your name and email. When we pay your money forward, we will donate in your name – NOT in ours, and we will email you a copy of the receipt.
Why aren’t you a 503C?
We aren’t yet, but we’re in the process of becoming one.
What are your administrative costs?
A few thousand dollars a year that we spend out of our own pockets for internet marketing purposes, printing brochures, and fueling our cars to drive to different places to speak. None of your donation goes to administrative costs. It all goes to the houses, and then from there to charity. All of it.
How much money are you going to raise?
$603,550 for three couples. It’s not just an arbitrary number. It is the number of military-ready Israelites, our great grandparents, recorded in the Bible as leaving Egypt on their way to conquer the Holy Land from the Canaanites. $200,000 is enough to build a house. Mulitply that by three for $600,000. Add $3,550 for effect.
When will my donation be paid forward?
Once we raise $603,550, we will begin building. Once the money is paid to all contractors involved, we will then begin setting aside $500 – $1000 of our salaries every month to be paid forward to causes in Israel until the entire $603,550 is paid in full.
Can I decide which charity my donation will be paid forward to?
Yes, provided that the charity of your choice does not go against our values and is one that supports Israel. You can also opt to have your money go back in to Settlers of Samaria to support the next interest-free house.
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I love your idea, its one of the very best out there for tsedakah. Question, though,…given the Leftist
push to stop building in our 4000 year old heartland, Judea and Samaria, …what house-building are you referring to? I really want to help badly and encourage everyone I know to check you out but this is a big question of mine. Godspeed and hatzlachah in all things, Jake