Monday, April 23, 2007

Eizer L'Shabbos Update

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Thanks to the many generous donations to Maos Chitim Campaign, Eizer L'Shabbos was able to distribute food vouchers to 800 families for Pesach.

Eizer L'Shabbos also continues to provided much needed assistance to a ten year-old boy in Tsfat who was severely burned when another child threw a bottle of flammable liquid on a fire where chometz was being burnt for serefas chometz. The boy, Akiva Shimon ben Doba, sustained third degree burns to his face and second degree burns to his stomachs, hands, and feet. Thank G-d, his eyes did not sustain any injuries. He was miraculously saved by a bystander named Buchspan who came to Tsfat to stay by his brother-in-law for yom tov. Two weeks after the accident, some of Akiva Shimon's bandages have been removed and he is continuing to receive medical treatment for the burns.

Finally, as Jews from all over Eretz Yisroel and the world prepare to make the annual trek to Meron to celebrate Lag B'Omer beside the kever of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Eizer L'Shabbos is preparing food packages to be given to local poor families on the holy day.

Tsfat and Meron are linked in many ways. Those who have visited the northern Galil know that they are only fifteen minutes away by car. One can stand in one town and see the other on the next range of hills. In ancient times, both were part of the portion accorded to the Tribe of Naftali. Indeed, "Naftali" has the same gematria as "Tsfat". For hundreds of years, when the bonfires were lit in Meron on Lag B'Omer, they were seen in Tsfat. And, the bonfires in Tsfat were also seen in Meron. Tzaddikim have said that Tsfat is truly the door to Meron.

What greater way can there be to honor these tzaddikim than to give food in their zechus to the many poor religious families living near them; their "children" who walk in their holy ways. Please help Eizer L'Shabbos help them, along with the thousands visiting Tsfat for Lag B'Omer, by contributing to its Lag B'Omer Campaign.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to:

Eizer L'Shabbos
5014 16th Avenue, Suite 319
Brooklyn, NY 11204

To donate by credit card, please call 917-499-7760

For more information on weekly and yearly sponsorships, please call (347) 448-4206


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