(In honor of Yad L’Achim’s Tu B’Av Together – Global Day of Tefillah for Shidduchim with over 500,000 people on Friday 7/27 @10am, we are resharing this story)
This is an e-mail we recently received from Shira M. from Los Angeles. (It is being reprinted in it’s entirety with Shira’s permisson.)
“My journey began,” wrote Shira, “with a trip to Eretz Yisrael when I was 27. I know I shouldn’t have, but I felt old at 27. I was single and almost all of my friends were married. After a particularly trying time in my life, I decided to go to Eretz Yisrael to visit some family members; a spiritual recharge.
A cousin of mine, Sara volunteered at Yad L’Achim; she was a “big sister”, a mentor to several women and children who were rescued from Arab Villages. I went along with her one day to the Yad L’Achim offices and I was blown away by the work they do and the plight these women and children faced before being rescued by Yad L’Achim. The care and love they receive from Yad L’Achim left a strong impression on me.
Although I planned on staying for only a week more, I decided to spend some time every day volunteering as well. I got to know some special women and maintain my relationship with them to this day. These women are inspirational as many have turned their lives around and live happy, healthy lives.
As I was leaving, a Yad L’Achim staffer asked me for my Hebrew name. They said they were arranging a tefillah in Amuka that day and wanted to daven for me as well. I gave them my name, figuring I had nothing to lose, and thanked them for the thought.
When I came back to Los Angeles, my mother told me that a shidduch had been suggested to me to a nice boy from New York. Yes, a nice boy from New York.Ten dates later, and I was engaged!
I truly believe that the tefillos of Yad L’Achim helped. My husband and I decided to dedicate the maaser of our wedding gift money to Yad L’Achim to help rescue more Jewish women & children trapped in Arab Villages. May Hashem grant you continued success in your special work”
DUE TO THE GREAT RESPONSE TO THE LAST INITIATIVE, YAD L’ACHIM IS LAUNCHING “TU B’AV TOGETHER” THE GLOBAL DAY OF TEFILLAH FOR SHIDDUCHIM! – where 500,000 Jews will recite the eight chapters of tehillim