Help Bring Joy During the Saddest 3 Weeks of the Jewish Year
Every year, the joy of summer is tempered by the ‘Bein Hameitzarim’-the mournful ‘Three Weeks’ on the Jewish calendar.
Beginning with 17 Tammuz and culminating with the somber Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), Judaism's most painful date in history (marked by the destruction of the Batei HaMikdash and countless other tragedies), these 21 days are heavily associated with anguish, devastation and feelings of tremendous loss. This year, the numerous dire consequences of the health crisis including of course, widespread illness and tragic loss of life, plus high unemployment and increased poverty, have only made this period even more difficult.
We've been seeing this every day at Yad Eliezer, where requests from needy families (both two-parent and single parent homes) for help with basic necessities and food assistance, especially, have skyrocketed. So many were struggling before the crisis but now, the suffering has increased substantially. One thing has stayed constant though-the people who are facing these most difficult of situations never give up hope. Despite their many challenges, they dream of a better future. They come to us to receive the help they need in order to keep their families stable and pick up the pieces so they can move on.
Yad Eliezer's many poverty relief programs provide tens of thousands of these families with the assistance that makes this happen. We alleviate hunger through Food Boxes, Surplus Produce and Shabbat Chicken programs that provide basic food security. Our Widows and Orphans fund brings badly needed support to single mothers. Our Corona Emergency Relief campaign continues to alleviate the surreal effects of this hard-hitting crisis.
Throughout history, the Jewish people have never given up hope.
At Yad Eliezer we live hope, and we have seen its power transform lives.
As the Ninth of Av quickly approaches, please help us continue to bring help and hope to Israel’s neediest.
And perhaps this will be the last sorrowful Tisha B’Av.
For over 20 years, we have been catering simple but elegant weddings for couples who otherwise could not afford it. To date Yad Eliezer has helped over 13,000 couples celebrate their special day with dignity.
With impoverished kids stuck at home, leaving parents unable to go to work, the loss of income makes an already difficult situation even worse. No money to buy food or pay the electric bill makes summer unbearable. We can bring relief.