Meet Malkal'e. She's a kindergartener with big brown eyes like two almonds in chocolate and she just turned five. She has two older brothers, 8 and 6, and she has two younger sisters, 3 and 15 months. Her mommy is a young widow in Jerusalem. Her daddy left this world a year ago after losing a courageous battle with a terminal disease. Mommy ekes out a meager existence ironing and folding laundery for her neighbors. She is an amazing women with a unique nobility of character. She doesn't complain. Despite the slum conditions that she lives in with her five children, they all go to school bathed and well-groomed. Their frayed hand-me-down clothes are laundered and ironed. But they're hungry. There's usually not more than a quart of milk and a loaf of thinly-sliced bread in the fridge. Malkal'e knows that Mommy doesn't allow anyone to partake of the refridgerator's contents without asking permission, for maybe her other siblings haven't had anything yet today.
Malkale's mommy has plenty of work before Passover, but all the ironing she does barely covers the rent and the electricity in her two-room hovel in the old Bucharian quarter of Jerusalem. Some people dream of a new car or home - Malkale's mommy dreams of giving each of her children a cherry tomato and a hard-boiled egg once a day. Were it not for Rebbetzen Miriam and Rav Shalom Arush, Malkale's family couldn't dare dream of shmura matza, wine, vegetables and poultry for Passover.
You think of Israel with all the high-tech, the startups, and the Tel Aviv luxury skyscaper penthouses. But there's another Israel, the one of families like Malkal'e and her mommy, of widows struggling to raise their children in dignity. While so many people turn a blind eye, the Chut Shel Chesed Institutions - with no government help whatsoever - helps dozens of widows like Malkale's mommy all year long.
There is no greater mitzva on Passover than hosting a widow and her children, especially if they're poor. But if you don't have access to such families, you can still fulfill the mitzva. Partner with Rebbetzen Miriam and Rav Shalom, and give your generous donation to their Kimcha D'Piskha, or "Flour for Pesach" fund. Your sponsorship is just like having a Malkal'e, her mommy and siblings at your Seder table, or better yet, as your guest for all of Passover. A $72 donation provides one person's needs for the whole holiday, while a $360 donation is sufficient to sponsor a widow with five young children.
Hashem has compassion on those who have compassion for others. You can't imagine the importance and magnitude of feeding the poor on Passover. Don't miss this opportunity - you can literally buy yourself an honorable place in the world to come. Please make your generous donation online here, or call 972-2-532-3339.
Yanush doesn't talk much. No one knows much about him. He's a Holocaust survivor and he speaks Yiddish with a Polish accent, and he's one of the needy people who hangs around the back alleys of downtown Jerusalem living off of scraps that he gleans from the back doors of restaurants. Nobody knows where Yanush lives or if he has a place to live at all. People look at him with condescending tolerance, for after all, Yanush is a part of the local scenery. But people forget - Yanush is human, and a Jewish soul. Sure, he hasn't bathed in a while and he's not the type of guest that a family would relish having at their Passover Seder. So what is he supposed to do? Have Seder in the gutter? Or in the foyer of some dilapidated building slated for demolition?
You'd be surprised that are a lot of "Yanushes" in Jerusalem. They live in places where you wouldn't allow your poodle to sleep in. They barely have bread and water, and they can't afford heat in the winter. Seder Pesach? To them, it's a dream. Matzot and wine? Are you kidding?
At the beginning of our Seder, we say kol dichfin - "Whoever is hungry, let him come and eat; whoever is in need of a Passover Seder, let him come and celebrate with us." Do you really mean that? It's no joke. Who has the gall to lie to Hashem on Passover Night at the Seder Table?
Is your home open to the Yanushes of the world? I know - there are no Yanushes in Silver Spring, Golders Green, Southfield or Bal Harbor. But there are plenty of them in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Shalom Arush, his dedicated wife Rebbetzen Miriam Arush and the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva and Institutions feed poor people all year long. But especially on Passover, they make sure that they'll have everything they need for not only for Seder Night but for all of Passover. Rav Shalom cares so much about the dignity of every Jew that he even buys shoes for the destitute. And, he does all this without a cent of government support. You can't imagine how much this costs.
Rabbi Shalom invites you to be his partner in the Kimcha D'Piskha, or "Flour for Pesach" fund. By your sponsoring at least one needy person, you'll be able to say kol dichfin with truth and dignity, for your sponsorship is just like having a "Yanush" at your Seder table, or better yet, as your guest for all of Passover.
Hashem has compassion on those who have compassion for others. You can't imagine the importance and magnitude of feeding the poor on Passover. Don't miss this opportunity - please make your generous donation online here, or call 972-2-532-3339.
Mark this on your Calendar: March 20-25, 2014 - Family Weekend in Uman
Breslev Israel and Inn Uman are delighted to announce the opportunity many have asked for and many more are waiting for: An inspiring, guided, family weekend in Uman with everything you could possibly dream of - no hassle with the locals, VIP pickup and return from Kiev, Rabbi Lazer Brody as your English-speaking guide, emuna shiurim, visits to the gravesites of tzaddikim in the vicinity (Baal Shem Tov, Rebbe Natan of Breslev, Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, and more), mouth-watering home-baked bread and home-cooked meals, the best accomodations in the Ukraine, Shabbat Shmini (Parshat Para) by the holy gravesite of Rebbe Nachman, and more!!!
This is the perfect chance to supercharge your wife's spiritual battery before the big crunch of Passover preparations. Singles are also welcome.
For more information and registration, call 972-52-7180448 (In Israel, 052-7180448) or write email@example.com - we look forward to hearing from you!
Last Thursday night, a Katyusha rocket hit Ashkelon, six miles south of where I live. The anti-missile batteries have therefore been redeployed in the South of Israel, one in a particular field where I do my personal prayers from time to time. There's just one deficency in the newly deployed military vehicles that have now arrived - they're not outfitted with emuna books and CDs.
Until last year, there wasn't a soldier or tank in the south of Israel that didn't have access to emuna books and CDs, thanks to your generous donations to Emunah Outreach.
To keep Israel strong, we must urgently arm the IDF with more emuna. We need your help. You can donate online by clicking the "Support Emunah Outreach" button on the upper left-hand toolbar of this site. Your contribution is USA-tax-deductable, so with only 3 days left to 2013, now's the time to do something really meaningful with your tzedakka money. Have a great week!
I am writing to ask you to please help my dear friends Devorah and Yaacov Cohen. They are like our younger brother and sister. (I actually made their Shidduch.) I could go on and on to tell you of their sterling attributes, but we do not have time. And certainly, their 6 year son, Refael Elisha, who the doctors have given up on, has little time.
After an agonizing year of chemo, radiation and other treatments trying to combat his cancerous brain tumor, the doctors say "there is nothing more we can do for him". But we who love this little tike are holding out hope for a new treatment called Antineoplaston Therapy at the Burzyinski clinic. However, the FDA pulled their approval for this treatment in 2012 pending further clinical trials. We are told that the FDA is nearing approval to resume this treatment, but Refael Elisha does not have time to wait.
We are petitioning the FDA to grant a compassionate use exemption to Refael Elisha for this therapy. We need 100,000 people to join this petition to the White House by January 2. (At this point, we need about 150 people per hour.)
Please join with us trying to save Refael Elisha Cohen. Taking five minutes of your time might give Refael Elisha years and years of life to live. Please sign the petition at
I get so much mail about "community coverups" of the worst type of crime - the ugly, disgusting abomination of child molesting. There are many stories about the villains who go free because they're the relatives of important and influential people. We all ask, why are the rabbis silent on this issue? In the 12-minute clip you're about to see, Rabbi Elchanan Tauber shlit'a breaks that silence and calls for an end to the coverup. Check out this very important 12-minute video: