“Just one month before her wedding date, Chani got a call from her sister. She assumed that she was calling to say hello. But when she heard the sobbing on the other end, she knew something was terribly wrong. Their father had lost his battle with cancer. And like so may others, her life became just another collection of tragic details. Just one week later her name was in a binder, on the table of the Jerusalem offices of Vaad HaRabbanim.”
A state of emergency was declared this week after an urgent meeting between many of the most esteemed rabbanim of Jerusalem. The details of 33 individuals were gathered and distributed among those present.
The individuals discussed have all lost parents, are confirmed to be living in a state of poverty, and are getting married before the 17th of Tammuz. The three rabbanim at the forefront of the operation, Rav Dovid Cohen shlit”a, Rav Naftali Nussbaum shlit”a, and the Rachmastrivka Rebbe were shocked by the severity of the cases, and the urgency of so many young members of klal yisroel in such a time-sensitive crisis.
A beis din was formed for this purpose, and an official statement, signed by all three, was released:
“Gathered as three, we proclaim, with the force of beis din, that all who donate to the orphans marrying before 17 Tamuz shall be blessed with children, life, and abundant income. And the donors shall merit marrying off their own offspring amidst plenty, with health and nachas.
Rav Dovid Twersky, The Rachmastrivka Rebbe shlit”a
Rav Dovid Kohen shlit”a
Rav Naftali Nussbaum shlit”a”
This emergency operation has begun to help 33 young people who have lost parents, and who desperately need financial assistance to walk to their chuppahs with dignity.
The rabbis spent the rest of the event blessing those who donate, and will receive prayer lists with the names of donors. Rav Cohen remarked that “to be partners in this mitzvah is the greatest thing a person can do for his zechus and that of his family.”
It is a rare opportunity to follow the specific instructions of this choshuve group, and to receive their powerful and heartfelt blessings. Donations to help the orphans are being accepted here.