If you took a look at 21-year-old Bery Shushan walking down the street this morning, he wouldn’t look any different than he did in the same spot in Jerusalem a month ago. On the inside, however, everything has changed.
Bery has gotten engaged. But the happiest night of his life quickly dissolved into tragedy when just a few hours later, his father, Rav Daniel Shushan, suddenly had a heart attack and died in his bed. A few days ago, Bery was engaged to be married to the kallah of his dreams. Now, it looks like that might not happen.
For the child of poor Israeli parents like Bery, getting married was something that needed to be saved for. When he finally got engaged, it was a welcome moment of happiness for a family that had truly struggled. Now the young man is mourning his father, and without resources for the essentials: A simple hall & catering, a suit & shoes, a place to live, appliances & simple furniture are all far beyond his budget, which is effectively zero.
Donations are being collected to help keep Bery and his kallah from cancelling their wedding, and to provide them with the essentials that any normal groom with parents would have. It would transform his story from tragedy to hope. And from that hope could spring a beautiful, loving Bais Neeman B’yisroel- The very thing Rav Daniel Shushan has always wanted for his son.