Chabad Gives Food to Muslim Families for Ramadan

Chabad of Morocoo (Jeunesse Chabad Maroc) has teamed up with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) and the Mimouna Association, a Muslim student group, to deliver food aid to needy Moroccan families at the end of Ramadan.

The program, officially launched Sunday with an interfaith dinner at the Slat al Azama Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter in Marrakech, will provide food packages to some 1,500 local Moroccan Muslim families as they celebrate the feast of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, reports JNS.org.

“Now more than ever, it is so important that the great faiths of our forefather Abraham come together to try to make the world a better place,” said Yael Eckstein, senior vice president of the IFCJ.

“Since World War II, Morocco has set an example in this part of the world for its treatment of Jewish citizens. And today, it is our honor to stand with the people of Morocco, and show that we can overcome divisions and intolerance everywhere by building bridges of empathy and understanding and truly making a difference,” she said.

Each food package will contain traditional Ramadan foods, including dates, tea, lentils, chickpeas and other staples.

28 Comments

    • 2. Citizen Berel wrote:

      You need to defer to local experts. I assure you, Chabad of Morroco has at least as much knowledge of the local terrain and at least as much interest in the physical welfare of Moroccan Jewry as you do. Seriously, you do not need to form an opinion on absolutely everything you read. Let that sink in. It’s liberating.

    • 3. confused wrote:

      After everything the Rebbe said about Shlemus Haaretz. Chabad of Morocco owes us some kind of explanation for helping Muslims celebrate Ramadan

    • 4. Milhouse wrote:

      What on earth has shleimus ho’oretz got to do with it? Are Moroccans standing in the way of shleimus ho’oretz?

  • 7. The kangeroo wrote:

    They only did it to show the lady in the green dress that is the Tzinius dress for Crown Heights

  • 9. My opinion wrote:

    The Arab women is more modest than the chabad women giving her the food …. get a grip people!
    and is this the reason chasidus was revealed to feed the Muslims!?

    • 10. not wrote:

      She’s not a chabad woman. Despite the headline, there are a few organizations involved in this.

    • 12. Meir wrote:

      Who says the woman giving the food is herself a Chabadnik? Do note that the article says they’ve “teamed up with the International Fellowship of _Christians_ and Jews.”

    • 14. Citizen Berel wrote:

      “Well said. But will anyone care? No.”

      The Citizen Berel above and elsewhere did not make the above comment.

      The website should implement like buttons for posters who wish to make these sorts of contributions.

  • 15. jdf007 wrote:

    The American media, in it’s frequent teachings of Islam to me, keeps telling me that Muslims fast for the entire month of Ramadan. So….what do they do with the food, put it in the closet for 30 days?

    • 16. friend wrote:

      The Muslims fast all day. But they eat every night during Ramadan

    • 18. Meir wrote:

      Use some common sense. Do you know anyone who can go entirely without food for 30 days? (See Rambam, Hilchos Shevuos 5:20, that it’s impossible to go 7 days straight without food.) They eat at night.

    • 21. Meir wrote:

      Islam is not avodah zarah according to almost all poskim. I think only the Ran says otherwise.

    • 22. crown heights resident wrote:

      Why did Chabad wait until the holiday of Ramadan to give food to the Muslims?

  • 23. Levi Rapoport wrote:

    “The general principle governing these matters is: Gentiles are not to be allowed to originate a new religion or create mitzvot for themselves based on their own decisions. They may either become righteous converts and accept all the mitzvot or retain their statutes without adding or detracting from them.” -Mishna Torah, Hilchos Milachim 10:9

  • 25. Its a kiddush hashem to feed goyim wrote:

    It is a kiddush hashem to feed goyim. Ramadan for a goy is not avoda zara since the moslem religion does not worship idols. During ramadan they eat at night but not during the day i was told. Problem is that during ramadan in israel they try to kill jews. It was by a miracle that a assault gun jammed or more more jews chas vshelom would have been killed in the attack by shar shchem friday night

    • 26. crown heights resident wrote:

      Ramadan may not be be avoda zara for a goy. But Ramadan is Avodah Zorah for a Jew

  • 28. LifeSwimmer wrote:

    Lest we forget – Yom Kippur war / October war / Ramadan war ( operation Badr )/ ..
    Moshe Dayan in the first days of the war : “This is Churban Bayis Shlishi “(Start the countdown ).
    One of the belligerents on the arab side is Morocco.
    Ramadan is not the time Muslims are expected to fight.
    Ramadan is the time when Muslims ( with their g-dless Russian allies ) mounted their most impressive attack in the last 500 years VERY nearly succeeding, (if not for the Rebbe ).

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