Thursday, 29 October 2015

Uziya Tzadok brings Joy to a Couple at the Chuppah

On this blog you might have seen posts about bringing joy to an orphan Chatan or Kallah. There are very many ways to bring joy to a new couple on their wedding day.

What do you think of this as an option?

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Frustrations with Crowdfundraising

It's been a while since I posted about what we have learned regarding crowd fundraisers. Currently, we have hit a bit of frustration. It's been a number of weeks since our last campaign ended and no sign of the bit donated coming through. We are learning the hard way that some crowd fundraising websites are far more user friendly than others and far more affordable. This last one has a high percentage that they charge and it's takes a long time to get any answers to questions sent in. If you are considering doing a crowd fundraiser, make a criteria easy communication and good service from the help desk. It makes a world of difference to working on your campaign. 

If you donated towards our last crowd fundraiser, we are very grateful for your contribution and whatever is holding up the funds coming through will be ironed out.

In the meantime, we are reviewing our options to bring in funds while developing our centre. There is a lot on the go behind the scenes. One thing I can say for certain, if you have a dream, don't lose sight of the goal when you reach a road block. Sometimes one has to take a detour and sometimes a different fork in the road, but keep striving for your goal. I like to remember the song "Nothing is impossible, as long as you believe!"

What helps to give you strength or motivation when you face challenges? 

Shoshanah Shear
Chessed Ve'Emet

Friday, 23 October 2015

The Beauty of Nature and Perek Shira

One of the best ways to replenish ones strength, to find inspiration in life is to look to nature. In the video below you are invited to enjoy beautiful music and song provided as an accompaniment to stunning images of nature. Watch the beauty that G-d created for us. Let it fill you with peace, inspiration, wonder, appreciation. Thank Hashem for creating such incredible beauty. Beauty for us to enjoy together. Let the love, peace and unity enter your hearts and rekindle your connection with our Creator.

Have a beautiful day and a blessed Shabbat

With love

Shoshanah Shear
Chessed Ve'Emet

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Progress of our book in Hebrew

We have been working hard on several projects this year, ie 2015. A very fun one has been the publishing of our first children's book "Tuvia Finds His Freedom." The book has been translated into Hebrew thanks to our good friend Dana Baum after which my husband added the vowels (Nikud). We then had to prepare the cover for the Hebrew, alter the format so that the captions of the images are in Hebrew. Next came proofing the copy, checking all the vowels, the formatting etc. This has been done twice and our book is now in the process to be available for sale. 

Within the next few days, we should be able to share the links for where the book "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" will be available in both English and Hebrew. In the meantime, here are the links of where to obtain the book in English. "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" Written and Photographed by Eliyahu and Shoshanah Shear is available on,,, BookDepository, eStore of CreateSpace. Ask for it in your local book store, you might just find it there too. If not, you can show them this review and encourage them to sell the book.

It is very exciting to share progress. We look forward to the next step of letting you know when and where the Hebrew version is available for sale.

Have a blessed day

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Learning from Nature

Someone recently came to this blog searching for "learning from nature". It made me think! What lesson can we learn that is pertinent to today? I thought of a number of photographs I have taken of flowers and the various insects that fly around, sit on and benefit from the flowers. Let us look at the bee for a moment. Yes it might have a sting, but mostly, the sting is not the number one function of the bee. The bee will fly from flower to flower to collect the nectar. The bee benefits from the nectar in two ways, one for his muscles in order to fly and two to make honey.

The bee is also involved in pollination by spreading the pollen from flower to flower. I wont get into the biology here or the different kinds of bees and the difference between them; but an important fact is that the bee forms 80% of the insects involved in pollination. Thanks to the bee perching on flowers and collecting it's nectar, we as humans benefit both from the tasty and nutritious honey and flowers, fruits, vegetables and nuts continue to reproduce thanks to the bee.

The contrast of colour, shape, size etc between the bee and the flowers also provides a beauty in nature. If one needs to relax, spending a little time watching the bees and other insects in nature is very calming. Taking time to photograph, draw or paint the scene on sees is also relaxing.

What is the lesson here? If we work together, allowing each aspect of the beautiful creation that G-d gave us, then everyone benefits. If a flower does not have the insects for pollination they will die without further flowers of that kind. If the bee does not have the flowers, they will not produce honey or be able to carry out their other functions. If the flower and the bee refuse to work together, everyone misses out. There needs to be co-operation. There needs to be variety. But there also needs to be respect that a bee can not become a flower and a flower can not become a bee. They each contribute to the healthy, beautiful functioning of our planet by doing what they do best in the role G-d gave to them.

A few words of inspiration for you by 
Shoshanah Shear
Chessed Ve'Emet

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Reflecting on Current Events and Our Work

Towards the end of Elul someone wanted to donate an item to our Bayit Chadash Gemach and asked a number of questions about who we assist. When she heard that we focus on assisting orphans, currently at the time they marry, she asked where the Chatanim and Kallot come from and why they are orphans. As a suggestion she asked if they were from broken homes, perhaps taken away from their parents? This is a question we get often. Sadly, too many can not understand why or how someone can be without parents at whatever stage of their development that the loss of their parents occurred. Many can not understand the difficulties or struggles of one who is an orphan. Some get angry with me and say someone whose parents died is not in need of help, they must learn to help themselves, or so I get told. I also get asked, why do we specifically give new items to the Chatanim and Kallot we assist.

Over the past few days, 14 children became orphans in sudden and tragic circumstances. Today, people pay attention. Tomorrow people pay attention, but the attention will be short lived. Having worked in a hospital treating the victims of all kinds of accidents, and all kinds of acts of mans inhumanity to man, I know only too well that the visitors are many in the first few days, there are still visitors for a few weeks, but gradually those who are inquisitive loose interest and move on with their lives. The one who has been injured or has lost a loved one has to face this reality from now on for the rest of their lives. 

Though I do agree that there are children who are removed from their parents and there are people who die of illnesses, we have many tragedies that take place, especially here in Israel. These tragedies are a sad and powerful illustration of how children or teenagers become orphans and why they might require assistance at various stages of their lives.

Do you stop and think about what happens to the surviving relatives of the various disasters the various Piguim that happen in Israel? Whether it's a bomb on a bus, a soldier lost in war, an attack on a car or on sleeping parents with most of their children, the surviving relatives are left with a great loss.

Who will be there for them to see them off to school on the first day after the Yomim Tovim? I do not mean just this week as the families are involved in sitting Shiva, but every Yom Tov from now on. Who will be there to celebrate their achievements, guide them as they travel the journey of life? Who will be there to prepare the various Smachot, whether it be a birthday, Bar / Bat Mitzvah or a wedding, birth of a child? Who will be there to be the grandparents to their children and to have pleasure from each milestone achieved as the next generation comes into being?

Most people do not internalize the enormity of this loss. Even if the grandparents and other relatives of these orphans have the finances that these children will not lack materially, there is still a loss that can not be replaced. Knowing first hand the heartache of the orphan, we at Chessed Ve'Emet are concerned about the orphan. Our centre is small at present but our goals are many. If you would like to learn more about the services that we offer or to receive our newsletter, please be in touch.

We offer our condolences to the families of those who have died Al Kiddush HaShem and hope and pray that we will merit a time where there will be no more orphans, no more heartache. 


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