Rav Yechiel Abuchatzeira, shlita, is arriving from Eretz Yisrael to deliver a series of inspirational talks on behalf of Yad L’Achim. The evenings, to be held throughout the tristate area on October 20—28, will also feature a rare film of Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt’l, welcoming to his home Jewish children rescued from Arab villages.
The evenings will also include a film on the dramatic rescue of Dina bat Leah and her two young children from an Arab village, never before shown in the United States, and an uplifting talk from renowned orator Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser, shlita, on “How to Change Your Life for the Better in Sixty Seconds.”
Rav Abuchatzeira, Chief Rabbi of Ramle and scion of the famous Abuchatzeira family whose blessings are sought by Jews around the world, will address the events and be available afterwards for advice and individual blessings for personal issues. Rav Abuchatzeira has been involved in Yad L’Achim’s rescue work in Eretz Yisrael for many years.
Opening remarks will be delivered by Rabbi Goldwasser, rav of Khal Beis Yitzchak, who will also speak on how to change our lives for the better.
Yad L’Achim’s special relationship with Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt’l, dates back to the 1950s and ’60s, when he traveled throughout Israel with the organization’s leaders to encourage new immigrants to remain true to their religious heritage.
In recent years, he was particularly moved by Yad L’Achim’s work in rescuing Jewish children from Arab villages and spoke out openly in support of its pidyon shvuyim efforts. The rare video to be featured shows him warmly welcoming 100 such children to his home, greeting each one individually, and offering blessings, support, and encouragement. His genuine concern for each of these children shines through in this emotional film.
In addition, a video account of the dramatic rescue of Dina bat Leah and her children will be shown for the very first time in the United States. Dina languished in an Arab village near Tulkarem for 28 long years. Her children speak about what it means to them to live freely in Eretz Yisrael.
Yad L’Achim, established over 60 years ago by Rav Sholom Dov Lifschitz, zt’l, fights on behalf of the Jewish people to bring back those who have fallen into the worst possible spiritual straits. These include Jews who have been lured by missionaries into cults and, a recent plague in Israel, Jewish women who have married Arabs and find themselves trapped with their children in Arab villages.
Yad L’Achim, whose motto is “We don’t give up on even a single Jew,” not only executes rescues, but rehabilitates Jewish women and their children and helps them rejoin the Jewish people. This involves renting a “safe house” for them, and providing basic necessities until the mother can find work. Yad L’Achim also offers social and psychological help and, most importantly, helps to enroll the children in yeshivos. (Since many of these Jewish children speak only Arabic, Yad L’Achim often hires tutors and mentors to serve as positive Jewish father figures.)
There are follow-up Shabbatons that bring together groups of women who have been rescued from Arab villages, who can share their common experience and bask in the glow of an inspiring Shabbos.
Yad L’Achim runs a 24-hour hotline for Jewish women in Arab villages and their families, which responds immediately to the over 1,400 calls it receives annually.
The events are scheduled for Sunday, October 20 in Five Towns/Far Rockaway at the White Shul, 728 Empire Avenue; Monday, October 21 in Monsey at the Olympia Shul, 19 Olympia Lane; Tuesday, October 22 in Teaneck, New Jersey at Beth Aaron, 950 Queen Anne Road; Wednesday, October 23 in Flatbush at SLC—Sephardic Lebanese Congregation, 805 Avenue T; Sunday, October 27 in Boro Park at Bais Yaakov of Boro Park, 1371 46th Street; and Monday, October 28 in Queens at Yeshiva Ohel Simcha, 141-41 72nd Avenue, Flushing. The evenings are geared for both men and women. Doors will open 7:30 p.m. and the program is set to begin at 8:15 p.m.
For further information regarding the events and Rav Abuchatzeira’s visit, please call 866-923-5224 or visit www.YadLachim.org or eâ€‘mail info@YadLachim.org. (See the ad on Page 67.) v