Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Mitzvah of Assisting an Orphan

One of the projects we manage as part of the Torah Centre we are working on, is a very special Hachnasat Kallah aimed at strengthening needy orphan Chatanim and Kallot at the time of getting married.We have many ideas we are gradually working on. Along the way, many give negative feedback about helping orphans, but what does the Torah teach on this topic? 

Let us begin by looking at the Shulchan Aruch. For our purposes we are going to look at the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and we find in Chapter 29 section 19 some information regarding how to interact with an orphan. The Torah law states that one has to take great care with regards to both widows and orphans, to speak to them gently, to treat them with honour and not to cause them any pain. Even with ones words, one has to be careful as the orphan and the widow soul is downcast and their spirits are low. 

This applies even if they are wealthy. We are even warned if those concerned are widow and orphan of a king, still we must treat them with special care and gentleness. The Torah warns not to cause pain to an orphan as if an orphan cries out to Hashem, Hashem will hear their call. (Exodus 22:21-2)

This applies whether one is orphaned from his father or his mother, it does not have to be both parents.

In the next post we will look at what kind of assistance one has to give an orphan and until what age is the community responsible to help someone who has lost a parent. In further posts we aim to look at the Torah teaching on the Mitzvah of Hachnast Kallah and in particular helping an orphan to marry and set up their own home.

Please do follow these posts and teachings and join us in developing our special Bayit Chadash Gemach. You can visit our website for more information or email us to get involved.

On a practical level, you can donate brand new items to be given to the needy orphan Chatanim and Kallot to begin their new home. You can purchase items from our Bayit Chadash Store,  or you can purchase a gift voucher for the orphan couples. You can also book one of our other services and a percentage goes to assist this Gemach.

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