Don’t Just Like Me

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 05 December 2013 @ 9:10 am

Social networking LIKE

The all-encompassing “like” button.
As a verb, the word ‘like’ means to show a fondness for something.
It can also function as a preposition, conjunction, colloquial adverb, or a colloquial quotative.

And since 2009, thanks to Mark Z., the word “like” can indicate some type of positive feedback:

  • I love those shoes!
  • I completely agree with the premise of this article.
  • I totally get what you are saying.
  • I hate what you are describing, but want to show my support.

Over the past week, thousands of people have “liked” the Facebook statuses having to do with the #36rabbis. The story of a group of rabbis shaving their heads in order to bring awareness to the dearth of pediatric cancer research, and to raise $180,000 for those efforts, out of their love for their colleagues whose son is dying from acute myeloid leukemia is a compelling one.

But those “likes” have not translated into donations.

And that is not acceptable.

Because every day, seven children die from a childhood cancer.
Every day.
Every single day.

If every person who has “liked” one of the status updates gave just one dollar, we’d surpass our initial goal.
Imagine the good work that we could do together.

So please don’t just “like” us. Don’t just give us some sort of positive feedback.
And tell your friends to donate.
And tell them to tell their friends to donate.

Just a dollar.
Or more, if they so choose.

But let’s do this thing.

And thank you.


To learn more about the #36rabbis, check out these great articles:

Rabbis Shave Hair for ‘St. Baldrick’ (Times of Israel)
Shave for the Brave (The Jewish Week)

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1 Lori 05 December 2013 @ 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm

Dear Rebecca,
We don’t know each other but my daughter is your daughter’s Religious School teacher!
Thank you for making explicit this notion of “liking”. You are right, it is NOT enough.
Donation made. Thank you for the push.


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