It’s a harsh reality: Thousands of Yidden across Eretz Yisroel struggle daily to put food on the table. These families don’t have enough to pay for their day-to-day living expenses. They simply cannot make ends meet and are grappling with the effects of poverty.
For the past 36 years, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov has illuminated thousands of homes in Eretz Yisroel, injecting rays of light in dejected hearts and lifting the spirits of broken families, widows and orphans. The food packages they receive every Shabbos and Yom Tov are plentiful, providing enough leftovers to sustain the recipients throughout most of the week.
In the weeks leading up to Pesach, Oneg Shabbas V’Yom Tov kicks into overdrive and expands its operations by organizing a massive Kimcha D’Pischa giveaway in both Yerushalayim and Beit Shemesh, where over 10,000 food packages – each one valued at $300 – are distributed to poor families.
Rechov Shmuel Hanavi, situated in Yerushalayim’s Shivtei Yisroel neighborhood, is transformed into an open air market, combining the essence of chessed with the mitzvah of Kimcha D’Pischa.
The street is blocked off and boxes are displayed in rows that run along the asphalt. Jews from all backgrounds pass by with creaky wagons and load them to the brim with cases of wholesome food.
Thousands of cases of grape juice for Kiddush and Arba Kosos are handed out. Matzos, fish, meat, eggs, potatoes, fresh fruits, vegetables and so much more are distributed. These packages light up the homes of the impoverished; this is what enables them to usher in the Yom Tov of Pesach with joy. The smiles and happiness are apparent on the faces of the recipients, as they carry home their prized possessions.
From year to year, the Oneg Shabbas V’Yom Tov campaign grows in size – and this year, a record amount of cartons are expected to be distributed to thousands of poor families in Eretz Yisroel.
The only thing more impressive than this massive Kimcha D’Pischa giveaway for over 10,000 families is the unique Atzeres HaTefillah – which is led by the Gedolei Hador of Eretz Yisroel – that takes place simultaneously in the exact same spot.
An outpouring of tefillah is held during the distribution, known as the Ma’amad Eis Ratzon, where the outpouring of spontaneous achdus and inherent Kiddush Hashem resonate inspiration.
The Rabbonim in attendance recite Tehillim on behalf of those who donate to Oneg Shabbas V’Yom Tov and partake in this amazing zechus. It’s a scene which brings tears to the eyes of onlookers and participants alike.
You now have the chance to fulfill the obligation of Kimcha D’Pischa and having the Gedolei Hador Daven for you at the Ma’amad Eis Ratzon.
Simply sponsor a family for $250 and you can send a personal kvittel with your name and the name of your loved ones that will be read out loud during the Ma’amad Eis Ratzon. Buy this unique zechus today so that the Rabbanim can be Mispallel with a special tefillah on your behalf.
Who doesn’t want to have the opportunity of being included in the tefillos of the Gedolei Hador? Donate generously to Oneg Shabbas V’Yom Tov and reap the merits.