Thursday, 25 February 2010

Purim - A Time to Increase in Kindness


Purim in Eretz Yisrael is a fun, happy time. From Rosh Chodesh Adar, the children begin wearing fancy hats, crowns, face paint and more. As the month comes closer to Purim itself, full costumes are seen on most children and many adults join in the fun.

It is easy to enjoy the merriment, but we need to remember the message of Purim and a very important mitzvah involved.

Around the time that the Purim story took place, the Jews were living in Exile, mostly in Bavel. Mordechai was one of these Jews in Persia. While the king of the time had mis-calculated the time for the Exile to end, it is important to remember that prior to the Exile, we actually lived in Eretz Yisrael, not just with the Kotel but with the FULL Beis HaMikdash.

Amazingly, even with this magestic, building that united Heaven and Earth, there were many evil kings who carried out all manner of acts that were hateful to Hashem, thus leading up to our Exile.

In Persia, series of events transpired that lead to Mordechai teaching the little Jewish children and reminding them what it is to be a Jew, that lead to Esther the Queen fasting for 3 days before a series of miraculous events that resulted in salvation for the Jews who were in Exile. Many of the events that took place involved food, festivities, feasting. So it is that on Purim we too remember the time of the Purim story with a festive meal. However, prior to this is the mitzvah of giving gifts to others, especially to the poor.

In the image above, you will see a number of Mishloach Manos, placed in front of the Kotel. There are 10 of these packages all to be given to needy families. As we are currently fasting in memory of the 3 day fast that Queen Esther undertook for our sakes, we appeal to our fellow Jew to assist in increasing these Mishloach Manos.

There are many more need families who would benefit by receiving a package with actual food, a little kindness to brighten their day and lessen their load.

In the spirit of Purim and to assist in re-building the Beis HaMikdash, please make a donation towards more packages of this nature.


For those who have friends or family in Jerusalem and surrounding areas that would like to order a Mishloach Manos to be delivered to them on Purim / Shushan Purim, we provide this service too. Please visit our website for details, ideas and to place your order.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Hachnasat Kallah - Helping a Needy Bride

Your assistance is urgently required to help a Kallah.



A security guard in Yerushalayim is, thank G-d, in the process of making a wedding for one of her daughters. Her husband is not well and is unable to work and bring in a parnassa. They have 10 children that they are raising on the wife's salary. She works very hard from morning to night, assisting her fellow Jew in Yerushalayim, Israel.

They are NIS 6000 short of necessary funds to make their daughters wedding, G-d willing on 9th March 2010. Please make a donation to help off-set these expenses and enable the daughter to go to Chuppah with peace of mind, simcha and dignity.

As Rabbi Fishel Jacobs writes on the end of his letter of Approbation to our Bayit Chadash Project, "it is a great merit to sponsor Bayit Chadash. The merit to such contributions is unfathomable."

Thank you for your kindness.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

More Purim Packages


The above image shows one of our new Purim Packages. This one is in an attractive basket. It contains a packet of mini rice cakes, a packet of crisps, a packet of roasted pasts, a packet of lentils, a packet of soup mix and a jar of Tehina, with a few ice lollies scattered in between for a bit of fun.
This Purim Package in the image above is in a beautiful bowl. This one contains a packet of dates, a Halva, a bottle of tomato sauce, a packet of pasta, a tin of sweet corn, a tin of tuna and some ice lollies scattered in between.

We have about 9 packages in various stages of being assembled. For some of the other Purim Packages that have been photographed, please see the previous post.

For those who have friends or family in Jerusalem and surrounding areas that would like to order a Mishloach Manos to be delivered to them on Purim / Shushan Purim, we provide this service too.

Please visit our website for details, ideas and to place your order.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Our Purim Gifts and Tzeddakah to the Poor.

About a week ago, we posted about our desire to turn the food items donated for our Bayit Chadash Project into Purim Packages to help needy families in Israel. In this post, you can see the progress and the need.

The image above shows a package almost complete. It contains a beautiful turquoise bowl filled with a bottle of grape juice, a packet of roasted pasta, a packet of pasta shells, a packet of dried beans, a tin of mixed vegetables, a tin of apple puree, 2 tins of tuna, a packet of barley, a tub of raisins and some igloos (ice lollies). The bowl has been wrapped in clear plastic and tied with a bow of ribbon. We hope to still add some butterflies or other decorations for fun and if we obtain sufficient donations, to include an envelope with Dmei Purim - Matanot le'Evyonim (money to be distributed to the poor on Purim).

The image above shows a Purim Package that is not yet wrapped. It contains a bottle of grape juice, a packet of toasted pasta, a packet of pasta, a packet of potato floor, 2 packets of dried beans, a tin of sliced olives, a tin of peas and carrots, 2 tins of tuna, a container of quality sugar coated peels, some igloos (ice lollies). We still need to wrap this bowl of treats, to decorate it and once more, if possible to add a gift for the family who obtains this (ie Dmei Purim as explained above)

These two attractive bowls are still in need of a bottle of grape juice in order to complete the Purim Package and then wrap it attractively.

The food items are predominantly of the Badatz Eida Chareidi Heksher. A few items have been donated that are of another recognized Badatz Heksher. All food items have been donated specifically for helping other Jews in Israel. The bowls, bottles of grape juice and packaging have been purchased from money donated for this purpose.

We have been notified of at least 20 new couples or families in Jerusalem or surrounding area who are in need of such packages. Please help us to assist our fellow Jew this Purim by making a donation towards this cause. Bli neder, we will continue to post images of new Purim Packages in the various stages of completion as further donations come in.


Thank you for your kindness.

For those who have friends or family in Jerusalem and surrounding areas that would like to order a Mishloach Manos to be delivered to them on Purim / Shushan Purim, we provide this service too. Please visit our website for details, ideas and to place your order.

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