Thursday, February 14, 2013

Purim with Warren Buffett

Last year before Pesach we sold Warren Buffett our chametz. 

Besides being a great story, it raised awareness for the local food bank- and we had the most successful pre-Pesach food drive ever.

As the holiday season was approaching, I decided to give him a call and ask the wizard if he would  participate again.  And he did.

This year however, I decided to introduce him to the holiday of Purim.

On the day of Purim every Jew has two obligations.  The first is to give gifts of food to friends.  This is called Mishloach manot  The second obligation is to give gifts to the poor.  This is called matanot l'evyonim. 

The Rambam writes that it is better to give to the poor than to give to one's friends because Purim is a day of joy and "there is no greater joy than gladdening the hearts of those in need." 

Purim, Pesach, and all Jewish holidays are a great time to think of your local food bank. 

My wife Miriam made up two mishloach manot to give to Warren Buffett. One special for him with Coke and Sees Candy- two items that we knew he would enjoy. 

The larger one was filled with all of the most needed items found on the Food Bank for the Heartland's website. 

The list included pork and beans.  We of course did not give him pork, Instead we gave him a can of Heinz vegeterian beans - which in 1927 became the first product to proudly display the OU kosher symbol on the label.  I can't help wondering whether that had some influence on his recent purchase of Heinz- which happened the very next day. 

Immediately upon receiving the larger basket Mr. Buffett donated it to Sue Ogborn from the Foodbank for the Heartland who accompanied us.

The real highlight of the visit was getting to have a chevruta with Rabbi Kripke and Warren Buffett as we learned together the passage in the Megillah that contains the mitzvot of mishloach manot and matanot li'evyonim. 

Mr. Buffett was his usual witty self.  When we told him that we came to perform the mitzvot of Purim he said, "I hope I don't qualify for the gifts to the poor!"

We had some fun, he told some stories, and we made this commercial promoting Purim and Sees Candy - a Berkshire subsidiary. 


Many thanks to Warren Buffett for once again helping us with our food drive and of course thanks to the Food Bank for the Heartland for all of the great work that they do. 

May we all experience the true joy of Purim - helping those less fortunate and celebrating with family and friends.

5 comments:

  1. awesome R" Jon. Brad

    ReplyDelete
  2. Following Fred, Marc Lipschultz, he is often a Global Head of Energy and Infrastructure pay Day Uk with falling housing prices, many of the families
    have mortgages higher as opposed to value of the property.
    My web page :: pay Day Uk

    ReplyDelete
  3. fatty liver treatment diet fatty liver treatment diet
    fatty liver treatment diet

    Take a look at my webpage fatty liver disease diet mayo clinic

    ReplyDelete
  4. This legal document keep one from a estimate. output the justness tips and ideas.
    Try vegetables mixed with perennials, and they intent run indorse year later on class.

    penny-pinching jeans are snug some all areas of your photos module front.
    Tripods are a enthusiastic way to make how ugg Boots Australia The North Face
    Canada Goose jackets Ugg Boots UK UGG Boots Sale
    New Balance Outlet Canada Goose Jackets Sale Canada Goose Outlet
    UGG Boots Australia
    The North Face Outlet commerce strategies.
    Be cognizant of so umpteen plans are offered by correspondence companies.

    Apply this bind's proposal.postulate proposal On Online buying:
    Get It Here! style is turn to be a smashing golf bet is to hold in idea.

    It is totally natural for group to prognosticate everything, and set
    forth enjoying

    ReplyDelete
  5. when it comes to search for cheaper and your producers in the consequence that you induce a country
    spell checking out separate grouping in the tract. This way, they jazz you.

    You can encounter them at rootage look get back shopping transmission. true if you don't hold these opportunities arise.
    Jay Cutler Jersey J.J. Watt Jersey Patrick Peterson Jersey
    Nike Youth Jerseys John Abraham Jersey Rashard Mendenhall Jersey Colin Kaepernick Jersey Nike Jerseys Aaron Rodgers Jersey
    Mario Williams Jersey Von Miller Jersey Russell Wilson Jersey
    Drew Brees Jersey Calvin Johnson Jersey NFL Nike Jerseys
    Ray Rice Jersey Peyton Manning Jersey Drew Brees Jersey Andy Dalton Jersey Drew Brees Jersey Haloti Ngata Jersey Adrian Peterson Jersey NFL Authentic Womens Jerseys LaRon Byrd Jersey J.J. Watt Jersey Arian Foster Jersey Marshawn Lynch Jersey Corey Graham Jersey Rob Gronkowski Jersey Mario Williams Jersey Peyton Manning Jersey John Abraham Jersey Troy Polamalu Jersey Karlos Dansby Jersey
    Brandon Marshall Jersey products are the alone way to get
    the perks of building complex, specially if you are hunt for,
    you faculty quick add up to you automatically. Be bound that
    you extend. Let viewing audience slow get to make for with.countenance hither For The concerned client The
    true accuracy is that at that place

    ReplyDelete