Monday, July 17, 2006

Update From Yoni Lipshutz of Simply Tsfat

From Yoni Lipshutz of Simply Tsfat:

Shalom to All

Many people have asked me what in the world am I still doing here in Tsfat. We are here to stay. Our 100 year old, solid 0.75 meter thick stone walled house has a water cistern 3-4 meters down underneath the house. We emptied all the water out a while ago and built a staircase with the intention to finish it off as a play room or a music studio but we are making good use of it as a bomb shelter, it is rather large. The hospital was just hit in the latest salvo about 3 hours ago. The katyushas really do not do that much damage unless a direct hit. Some of the other longer range missles carry a larger payload and are in fact very dangerous as we saw when an apartment building in Haifa collapsed.

We are not going out and we are staying on the 1st floor. Our roof and floor of the 2nd floor are both poured concrete. If an extended salvo of katyushas hits we will go into the bomb shelter, but to stay down there for 24/7 with 11 people is not reasonable. On another note our tefillos have improved qualitatively as well as quantitatively!

keep davening and please email, it keeps me busy!


At July 17, 2006 at 7:52:00 PM EDT, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

from R'binyomin Rosenberg

The situation in Tzfat is desperate and there are families living with no electricity, who have absolutely no food at all! Even if they tried to buy some, most stores are closed. Ezer L'Shabbos is getting food from a supermarket on credit, but can't for much longer without paying. They also have to pay to have it delivered since most of their volunteers have left Tzfat. Sadly, the most vulnerable - large families with small children, Baali Teshuva without family support systems, are the ones left behind and are suffering. Please make checks out to Ezer L'shabbos and get them to Shloma Edelstein or drop them off in the mailbox or Pushka at Rabbi Twerski's shul (Ateres Shloime- corner of E29th & K).

You can also mail checks made out to Ezer L'Shabbos to: Tzfat Emergency Fund c/o Ordinal, 1412 Avenue M #2467, Brooklyn NY 11230.


At July 18, 2006 at 8:37:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz said...

For those in Israel, who don't need a tax-deduction, a good friend of ours who lives in Tzfat is willing to help out. Here's her message:

Meanwhile we are collecting small donations, and happy to get anything, to help the families in Tsfas who are out of grocery money. The banks are closed, is that right? And I'll bet the money machines are empty? Has anyone withdrawn Monday or today? Which ones have money?

I will give out what I have in cash based on pledges, if you'll put your checks in the mail to me or deposit to my personal account, those of you who know me and trust me. No tax receipts on this for now.
Rachel Bracha wants to work on getting a tax-deductible organization set up, or linking up with a reputable one. Right now, I'm 1300 shekels in the red from what I gave out yesterday. Heres' the info:

Chana Besser
Rachov Tarpat 7
Old City
(It's faster not to write a zip code)

At July 19, 2006 at 8:22:00 PM EDT, Blogger Bagel Blogger said...

You answered a question, that I had, and could not ask.

A Playroom for the children, right now, sounds like an excelent idea.

Shalom Aaron


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