Thursday, April 15, 2004

The Chesed Symphony

Received a magazine from the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation in the mail. Titled "Chesed", the current issue features an article by Rabbi Yosef C. Golding called "The Chesed Symphony" and subtitled "Jewish Music: Weaving Melodies of Unlimited Kindness." The article primarily focuses on the activities of "Simchas Chava", a project launched by David Nachman Golding, better known as Ding, that arranges for well-known Jewish singers to visit and perform for homebound and hospitalized children. Ding founded Simchas Chava in memory of his mother, Mrs. Chava Golding, a"h, who was very involved in Bikur Cholim.

The article includes the following disclaimer:
This article offers just a sampling of the many singers and musicians who give of their time and talent to help others.
For the most part, this article is a rewrite of previously published material in the Jewish Observer.

There is one noticeable omission, though. While the tone the article takes is that of a report by an outside observer, the author fails to mention the fact that the organization he's writing about, Simchas Chava, was founded in memory of his mother, and that he is Ding's brother. Curious!