by Rabbi Yisrael Kaniel — August 2006

Imagine your home and all of your belongings whisked away in a natural disaster. We shudder at the thought. We hope that it will never happen to us. Unfortunately, though, a similar disaster has befallen our brethren once residing in Gaza / Gush Katif.

The homes of families from Gaza / Gush Katif were destroyed. Almost nothing remains of their belongings. They have to buy new furniture, new housewares and new appliances. The government demands that they pay rent on small, shabby quarters that they have been shuttled away to, while the banks demand that they continue to pay the mortgages for the homes that were destroyed. Most have still to receive their promised compensation. And many have been unable to find employment in their new venues, far away from major cities. In short, a very unenviable situation.

In the course of caring for the needs of our brethren in Israel, B’Ahavat Yisrael has over the past year been assisting the unfortunate expellees from Gaza / Gush Katif. B’Ahavat Yisrael representatives have been distributing food and all sorts of badly needed items to these families, thereby making it easier for them in their struggle to rebuild their homes and their lives.

With the help of generous donations from our more fortunate brothers and sisters, B’Ahavat Yisrael representatives hope to provide our brothers and sisters from Gaza and Gush Katif with a festive beginning to the New Year.

Please donate generously; and spread the word to fellow congregants, family and friends. And may we, in the merit of caring for our fellow Jew, merit much health and happiness in the coming new year.