I would like to speak to you in praise of the workers of the Acheinu organization, who work with children – good boys and girls – who come from homes that are far from yiddishkeit and the knowledge of the need to live with the Dvar Hashem. They give each child a mentor that first and foremost teaches them that they are Jews. They dedicate themselves to these children in grades 7 and 8, and then get them placed in Yeshiva Ketana (high school) where their care continues. Every student gets an avreich to watch over them and find ways to help them succeed. There are students that move on to Yeshiva Gedola and establish prominent homes in Am Yisrael.
This is all done by you, both by those who do the actual work and those who give financial support. May Hashem give you bracha in all your endeavors.
In Chovos HaLevavos it is written that even if a person does good deeds all his life, that is not enough to guarantee that he will receive reward for his deeds; because Hashem does countless good things for him his entire life, and even a lifetime’s worth of good deeds does not balance one good deed of Hashem’s. This is explained by the Shla HaKadosh, who uses the parable of a person born blind who is eventually cured by a doctor. How much gratitude will he have towards that doctor! Whenever he’ll meet him he will show him boundless hakoras haTov. So too, says the Shla HaKadosh, must a person feel towards the Ribono Shel Olam, who created mankind with all the limbs and organs to use throughout their lives. All the good we do in our lives is not enough to fulfill that obligation of hakoras haTov that we have for being created in good working order, sound in body and soul. If so, we have no deeds left with which to get reward rather, after all we do, we are still in debt to Hashem for our creation!
The Chovos HaLevavos continues that despite this, the Ribono Shel Olam acts with mercy with us and does two things for us:
1. In the merit of the public, when a person is moser nefesh to bring others close to Torah and mitzvos,
Hashem gives reward in full.
2. Even without this, He is merciful and gives reward although we don’t really deserve it!
Acheinu and its supporters do good, not only for themselves, but for others. According to the Chovos HaLevavos, not only will they get reward for the chesed itself (which Hashem in His mercy will reward us for), but they will get the reward of a person who is mekarev others.
May Hashem give each and every one of you hatzlocha in all that you do, and the insight to realize that by supporting Acheinu, besides strengthening others, you are also strengthening yourselves. May you see much nachas from your sons and daughters midah k’neged midah since you are educating other children to Torah, you will see children build batim tovim in Am Yisrael.