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12 Adar 5761 - March 7, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Maranan Verabonon Appeal to Aid Nesivos Yitzchok
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

"To our Brothers, Bnei Yisroel the World Over: A Fire in the Camp

"Our eyes shed copious tears upon seeing Jewish youngsters who have been cut down and are withering at the height of their growth. Youngsters who were once the pride of their families and outstanding students -- or might have been -- have become dropouts who roam the streets and degenerate from day to day. Recently this phenomenon is on the increase, and youngsters from the finest chareidi homes have fallen spiritually: both boys and girls. Their souls are being burned in the city's streets, but no one pays heed to their predicament.

"According to Chazal, seeing one's child degenerate is more painful than the pangs of Gog Umogog. Can we remain silent or stand by idly at such a crucial hour? Has anyone guaranteed us that this fire won't consume us, too? In our generation of ikvesa deMeshicha no one is immune to affliction. Each and every one of us is in need of much rachmei Shomayim.

"This situation could have been avoided! Had appropriate help been extended to those youngsters prior to their downfall, they would not have dropped out of the yeshiva framework. Had there been a lifeboat or an anchor, these youngsters would surely have been saved from the street. In the meantime, the situation is appalling; the street is ablaze and the community is unaware of what is occurring. There is barely a street without a breach or cries of devastated neshomos. We must arouse ourselves from our indifference and cry out: `Woe to us!' We must not sleep, but must wake up before it is too late.

Who can say; "My hands have not spilled this blood?"

"The obligation to save these youngsters rests on each and every one of us, for the expense of saving such children is too huge for parents to bear on their won. Kol Yisroel areivim zeh lozeh!

"But we are not alone. The Nesivos Yitzchok Association, directed by HaRav Yitzchok Waxman, has stated its express goal to save these unfortunate youngsters: to extricate them from the whirlpool of life threatening to suck them in. Since its founding eight years ago, it has proven itself. With great mesirus nefesh it has saved hundreds of youngsters from deteriorating. Nesivos Yitzchok is crucial to our times. Had it not been established, the entire community would have been obligated to rise up and found such an organization. The organization heads are inundated with requests for help, but unfortunately, financial straits prevent them from widening their activities.

"We call upon each and every yirei Shomayim to lend a hand to this holy, distinguished enterprise. Do not let its blessed, vital work come to an end. There are constant demands for expansion of its activities all over the country. Every household head must rally to its aid and contribute to this vital rescue medium.

All of us, as "one man with one heart," must join forces to guarantee the success of Nesivos Yitzchok.

"On the merit of this great mitzvah may we be saved from the calamities threatening us. May Hashem in His kindness cast upon us a spirit of kedushoh and tohoroh and may we merit to see our children growing in Torah and yiras Shomayim.

"Let us all band together to do His Will with a complete heart."

Signed by: HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman, HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, HaRav Nissim Karelitz, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, HaRav Mayer Tzvi Bergman, HaRav Elchonon Perlmenter, HaRav Yaakov Edelstein, HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein


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