“When I was 11, my father got cancer. As the oldest of 9 kids, I helped my mother take care of him, and I spent hours by his side. We ended up developing a very close bond and I learned to cherish the special father-daughter time we spent together. But, one day three years ago, his suffering was finally over and he was taken from this world. I was broken. It felt like a part of me was gone forever.
I am now 20 years old and B’’h I’m a Kallah. My mother has been struggling to stay afloat ever since my father died, and she can’t afford the most simple wedding. We weren’t even able to have a vort. If anyone chooses to donate here to help me and other girls in similar painful situations, Hashem should shower a thousand brachos upon you!– Rivky G” *
Right now, there are 61 orphans in Eretz Yisroel with stories heartbreakingly similar to Rivky’s. Each has their own unique history of pain, but they all have one thing in common– They have no one in the world to help them get married. Rav Chaim Feinstein Shlitta is determined to make sure that these orphans will not be forgotten. This month, he has pledged to go to the greatest lengths in order to make sure that their stories too will have happy endings:
“There is no way to describe the pain and hardship that these orphans have experienced and are experiencing. The least we can do is help them get married in a bekavodig manner and build a bayis neeman byisroel, to heal some of the sorrow and some of the suffering,” said R’ Feinstein.
“All those who support should be blessed with long life, nachas from all their descendants with health, plentiful income and success in everything they do, b’siyata dishmaya. Bli neder I will travel to the grave of Binyamin Hatzaddik who ran the kupah shel tzedaka. He supported a widow and 7 orphans and therefore they added 22 years to his life. I will go to daven that all the donors and supporters too, will be blessed with long life. The giving of charity should bring peace, blessing and chessed in all areas.”
This Shvat, 61 orphans will either get married and finally have a family of their own– Or their hopes will be shattered. Please open your hearts, do the right thing, and donate here. You will not just be changing someone else’s life…You might be changing your own.
*Names changed to protect privacy