Why Do We Need Mesila?
Years ago, people spent what they had and saved for what they needed. Financial stability was a natural way of life. Money was a tool, not an ideal. No one needed an organization like Mesila.
Today’s fast-paced world poses a host of new financial challenges. Most spending today is done with credit cards or online. Advertising creates “needs” and propels spending. It is all too easy to lose track of where our money is coming from and where it is going. New businesses open and close at a dizzying rate, unable to keep up with the constantly changing market.
Society at large is characterized by pervasive materialism, a tendency to assess people’s value by their income and career, and a decline in appreciation of the true sources of happiness.
For the Chareidi family, there are additional challenges that flow from issues that are unique to this community:
- Higher cost of living due to school tuition and expenses of Shabbos/Yom Tov
- Expense of supporting larger families and marrying off children
- Higher cost of housing in religious neighborhoods
The result: Many people in our communities find their finances spiraling out of control. This may impact their health, marital harmony, upbringing of children, and more.
Today, we need to give people the information and attitudes they lack and to coach them on the path to regaining control of their finances. We need to instill in our children the correct Torah-based attitudes towards money. We need to give business owners the knowledge to succeed.
We need Mesila.
Mesila empowers men, women and children across the Jewish community to seek, achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency and stability.