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25 Iyar 5760 - May 31, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Torah Community Asked to Contribute to Fund For Eight Orphans

by A. Cohen

At the request of maranan verabonon, gedolei Yisroel, a special fund for a family of orphans has been set up.

A number of years ago, a prominent teacher in Bnei Brak's Or Hachaim Seminary noticed that one of her best students wasn't participating in class. When the teacher asked what had happened, the girl said that her mother was deathly ill.

The teacher became involved and began to visit the girl's home on a frequent basis. She arranged for treatments and medical aid for the mother, and then took the family's children into her own home with great mesiras nefesh. Three years later the mother died, leaving behind eight tender orphans. The father, who was crushed by the burden, took charge of two of his children, while the other six are still living at the teacher's home. The teacher, who has children of her own, must now go from gemach to gemach to borrow the money necessary to marry off the first of the orphans, who is currently engaged to a fine talmid chochom.

At the urging of gedolei Yisroel, a special fund has been set up for these six orphans. The fund is endorsed by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Aharon Leib Steinman, HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, and other admorim and rabbonim. Starting this week, scores of avreichim are going to city synagogues, asking for donations for the unfortunate family.

Gedolei Yisroel's letter reads: "Everyone is called upon to participate most generously in this great mitzvah which combines a number of mitzvos: helping orphans, hachnosas kallah and saving lives. It is not every day that one encounters the opportunity to do a mitzvah with rewards in both the World to Come and in this world, a mitzvah which will protect those who fulfill it and bring them great blessing."

Donations may be made via credit card by phoning 1-800-22- 3636 (the toll-free number of the Tzedokoh Committee), noting that the contribution is for the Ein Lohem Av Voeim Fund. Funds may also be deposited in the Po'alei Agudas Yisroel Bank 52, Chazon Ish branch 188, account number 105-360755, or mailed to POB 49, Bnei Brak, specifying that the donation is for the Ein Lohem Av Voeim Fund.

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