During these days of rachamim and selichos,
activists of the Association for the Prevention of Grave
Desecration have launched their annual appeal for the funds
to strengthen of the Association's many activities, carried
out day and night by dedicated teams of inspectors throughout
The recent scourge of grave desecration by "men of science"
who battle with all their might in order to uproot the pure
belief in techiyas hameisim and the eternity of the
soul, is one of the most serious the country has ever known.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of graves of the ancients,
kedoshei elyon, are exhumed and desecrated, their
bones not treated with even the minimum of decency but rather
strewn about in a shocking manner like dung on the field.
Opposite them stand a handful of activists who, with limited
resources, do their utmost to prevent the destroyers from
continuing their activities and desecrating the graves of the
ancients. With siyata diShmaya, they have enjoyed some
Every day, they set out in cars all over the country in order
to supervise and guard hundreds of excavation sites and other
places in whose vicinity graves, coveted by archaeologists,
are known to exist. All over the country, from north to
south, east to west, at all hours of the day and the night,
inspectors are on duty under the most difficult of
circumstances, fearlessly preventing desecration. No time can
be considered an "off" time since the grave desecraters have
in the past used such times -- like erev yom tov -- to
execute large projects, hoping that the grave watchers are
The Association for the Prevention of Grave Desecration notes
that without a doubt, it would be possible to send more
people to inspect and guard sites and increase the
association's vital activities if they had more financial
resources. Many more graves of tzaddikim elyonim could
surely be saved.
Maranan verabonon,,the gedolei Yisroel with
whom members of the Association are in constant touch, have
issued the following appeal, asking that the public, "which
understands the importance of this issue and the heavy
responsibility resting on the shoulders of the Association
participate in this effort. . . ."
They added, "We must strengthen them and tell the members of
this Association: continue in your important, sacred work
without fear, so that our illustrious forbears will rest in
peace. This must be done for the sake of the respect of the
living and the dead."
Donations may be forwarded to the booths and collectors who
are spread around in religious neighborhoods and
mikvo'os. They may also be sent to: P.O.B. 50572,
Jerusalem; or deposited in Bank Poalei Agudas Yisroel, branch
183, Account Number: 409-660310.