Children Rescued From Arab Villages Participate In Matzah Baking


matzoh-bakingSome 100 women and children rescued by Yad L’Achim from Arab villages in recent months spent an enchanting, inspiring Shabbos in Yad Binyamin this past week.

After arriving by chartered bus from points all across Israel, the women and children settled into their rooms and then split up, with the women attending a fascinating lecture and their children participating in a very special arts and crafts workshop. At the end of the lecture, the women were surprised by the beautiful gifts their children had made for them in the workshop: Shabbos candlesticks.

There was still time before Shabbos for the children to go outside and enjoy the petting zoo that had been especially set up for them.

Candle-lighting was especially moving. These mothers, who until recently were being held captive in Arab villages with no opportunity to express themselves as Jewish women, stood for a long time in front of their Shabbos candles. With eyes clenched tight, they whispered prayers of gratitude and pleaded for better days ahead for them and their children.

Before Kabbalos Shabbos began, they heard an inspiring talk from Harav Kroche who spoke of how they were in the process of awakening from a period of grief and sorrow and opening a new chapter in their lives.

The beautifully set Shabbos meal was festive and uplifting. The centerpiece was a lecture by the chairman of Yad L’Achim, Harav Yisrael Lifschitz, who spoke of the strength of the Jewish woman, and her unique role from generation to generation.

After the children were put to bed, the mothers participated in a fascinating symposium in which each was given an opportunity to share questions that weighed on her heart. One by one, the women raised the sensitive issues that come up during the process of rehabilitating their lives as Jews.

“How can I be sure that my daughters never make the mistake I made?”

“Does Hakadosh Baruch Hu forgive me for the mistake I made, and accept my teshuva?”

It was only in this confidential, supportive environment that the women felt safe to raise the questions, and hear answers and insights from Yad L’Achim social workers that inspired faith and hope.

The Shabbos atmosphere was so magical that women and children alike found themselves wishing it would never end. After havdalah, the survivors wrote out resolutions that they had taken upon themselves over Shabbos. They were given magnets to pin their resolutions up on their fridges back home and remember what they had committed to undertake.

Immediately after Shabbos, a special program was held for the children. They were given the opportunity to bake their own matzos on an oven brought in especially for the event. Before boarding the buses home, Yad L’Achim provided them all with boxes of mehudar matzos and beautifully decorated haggados.

All of the gifts the survivors received over Shabbos were made especially by Malchus Waxberger, the renowned artisans of Judaica.

Yad L’Achim will host a special Pesach Seder for the Jewish women & children rescued from the Arab Villages.

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. wow ! these children are the living examples of a modern day Yetzias Mitzrayim. Keep up the great work Yad L’Achim and may Hashem help all of his children come back to safety this year amen

  2. Why is Matzav buying into this? How is it that a small group of charlatans still manage to fool the American oilem/goilem?

    Please have the decency to let your readership know that it is appearing because someone paid for it to appear and not because it is a news item that was verified by a reliable source.

  3. r u serious? May Hashem help you that not one of your children end up in a bad place. It happens to be that i know Malchus and they always help out in this way and have seen the results. How can you stoop so low as to denigrate such holy work. I would write more but i don’t want to stoop to your level. You are putting down a most holy mossed, and i feel sorry for your hatred.

  4. Please remove comment #2. I respect and look at it every single day. I don’t think you should allow a comment that denigrates in any which way shape or form the work of a well known organization supported by gedolei yisroel . Thanking you in advance, a loyal fan and reader

  5. a yetzias mitzrayim of today, these children experienced. It should enhance our own Pesach experience knowing that slavery still exists.


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