Sunday, 30 October 2011

One Story - Two Blessings

Something special about living in Eretz Yisrael is most of the time when you meet a fellow Jew, it is not too long before a connection is found. Just a few days ago, I began talking to a woman when out and about doing errands. When we exchanged names, she asked, are you Shoshanah Shear of the Bayit Chadash project?

"Yes," I responded, "my husband and I started a special Hachnasat Kallah Gmach aimed at helping to set up the new home of needy couples especially poor orphans at the time of marriage. How did you hear about us?" I asked.

"A relative of mine mentioned you as she really wanted to make contact and give you a few things. You see, this relative of mine received help from you almost a year ago. The help you and your husband provided was invaluable. She really had not known where to begin to build her new home. From the moment she got engaged, how to put together a respectable wedding was enough of a concern without family who could assist. But the new home - well that was an added task that she had no idea what to do about.
All she could think of doing was to clear a shelf in her wardrobe for new items needed for her new home. She knew that after the wedding, she and her new Chatan had to go somewhere and that new place had to be a home with at least the basics. Where would they come from, what would she do? She had only just completed Seminary and was not yet qualified for any work.

Then someone came across your website and suggested she call for an interview. She did and had a meeting with both you and your husband. She was rather nervous to begin with, a little embarrassed to ask for help. But she explains how you made her feel right at home with refreshments and caring words.

Little did she expect that the interview would also include words of advice of how to find suitable employment. It was not long before she found herself standing infront of a table filled with all manner of gifts suitable for any new home and all she had to do was choose which ones she liked or needed, write a list of what she was taking and then help to pack them for transporting to her home. Suddenly the task of setting up a new home was no longer daunting or impossible but fun and exciting.

My relative is still in her Shanah Rishona but already her home has been blessed. Thanks to your kindness, caring and all your assistance, she was able to settle her new home and even to find suitable employment. Now she found herself sorting which gifts were duplicates and not needed as she is making space in her home for a bundle of joy. You see just a week ago she gave birth to her first healthy baby, a little boy to bring blessing to their home. While she was setting these items aside she mentioned she wanted to give them to the Bayit Chadash - Wedding Project that the Shears manage but could not remember how to contact you. What an Kindness from Hashem to put us together now."

I was about to wish her Mazal Tov when she raised her hand to indicate not to talk. "One moment," she said, smiling with a twinkle in her eye. "My relative had other news for you too. Having received such kindness from you she had referred a friend of hers who was in a similar situation. Your Bayit Chadash Gmach helped her too and she too has been blessed. So I guess your labours have borne fruits with a baby boy and baby girl born just one week apart.

The Bayit Chadash - Wedding Project is one of several Mitzvah Projects of Chessed VeEmet managed by Rabbi Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear. It has Haskamot from Rabbi Fishel Jacobs of Kfar Chabad, Rabbi Rosenblat and Rav Avrohom Stern both of Beitar Illit all of whom provide rabbinical advice and guidance. 

The new year has just begun and already we have 6 new homes to assist. Please help us to continue this improtant work by making a donation either monetary or of any NEW item suitable to build a new Jewish home in Eretz Yisrael.

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