waWhile I was in Israel, I was contacted by Dr. David Levine.  He is a Seattlelite who has been working selflessly in West Africa for some years now. His request? A young mother of three needs heart surgery and he is collecting money to make that a reality.  I responded by sending a contribution from my discretionary fund; the sages teach us that we should give Tzedaka to members of the broader world community alongside our own community's needy people.  To the left is a picture of the young mother, Aram with her kids.  Anyone wishing to learn more about David Levine's work should feel free to write him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  His website is www.westafricamedicine.org