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The Chafetz Chaim – A Giant in Torah & Middos (Special Youth Edition) by Shulamit Ezrachi


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What a weekend of wonderful reading! Today I’m reading through The Chafetz Chaim – A Ginat in Torah and Middos.

There are two things I totally love about this book: 1. The author writes simply and plainly. 2. There are so many wonderful stories about the qualities that we admire in the Chafetz Chaim….so many that we can take on ourselves!!!!

For anyone who is looking to be inspired…for anyone looking to work on their middos…this is the book you should read!

In Every Generation – Rav Shmuel Aharon Yudelevitch and the Roots of His Greatness (Special Youth Edition) by Dovid Yudelevitch (Recommended for ages 10 and up


Another Shabbas….another wonderful day of reading.  I just completed reading this well written biography about Rav Shmuel Aharon Yudelevith.

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The read was easy, though the nisoyon (tests) that Hashem put the Rav and his Family through are heartbreaking.

The book was unique in that it focused on how the previous generations of his Family faced adversity and overcame all nisyon (tests) with the strongest Emunah and Bitachon.


The second part of the book focused primarily on Rav Yudelevitch’s personal nisyons and his commitment to do Hashem’s will.


The lessons are painful yet inspiring.  If this one Family can continue to have Emunah (faith in Hashem) and a passionate desire to serve Hashem despite starvation and many other sever tests…the we can take from this the belief that even you and I can serve Hashem with focus…especially since most of our Nisoyon are generally not a matter of Pikua Nefesh (preserving a life.)

Updates on the Victims of The March 23, 2011 Terrorist Attact in Jerusalem


Dear Friends,

I am not prone to sending out group emails, or forwarding information. But I make an exception because One Family Fund has done such a great job of giving us specifics about current victims from this week’s horrible tragedies in Israel. I am sure you will join me in davening for Klal Yisroel.

— R

With this week’s resumption of rocket attacks from Gaza aimed at Asheklon, Ashdod and Be’er Sheva, families throughout Israel are remaining indoors and not straying too far from protected rooms and bomb shelters. Schools have been closed since Wednesday and children have remained home in fear.
Pini Rabinovich, OneFamily’s senior case worker in southern Israel, reports from Ashkelon:
“This morning, while I was on my way to Ashkelon, I was forced to pull to the side of the highway when the warning siren sounded. One rocket exploded in a nearby kibbutz, shaking the ground.
“Tehilla is a 12-year-old girl who was hurt when a rocket exploded outside her home two years ago. She has suffered extreme post-traumatic symptoms, panic and fear since then – even during the past few months of quiet.
“This week I had to go to her home twice to help her and her mother as her panic has become uncontrollable. She has been vomiting, screaming, and has basically stopped relating to her surroundings or her own needs. She hasn’t been able to sleep, and is prone to shaking uncontrollably. She has basically stopped eating and is losing weight. She hasn’t been to school all week, and her mother simply doesn’t know what to do or how to help her any longer.”
Pini has been in touch with the psychologist and psychiatrist handling Tehilla’s case, and is working closely with the family to ensure that Tehilla’s panic is stabilized with the guidance of her professional therapists.
In Ashkelon, Pini visited the hospital there, and met a man named Moshe who suffered a panic attack during the rocket explosions. He began talking to him and will visit him at his home next week.
Pini also met the Ben Dayan family, whose home was hit and destroyed by a rocket. Several of the family members were injured, and they were all suffering from shock. Pini sat with them in the emergency room to help them calm down.
Reta is an Ethiopian immigrant who is about 50 years old. She is the mother of 11 children, the youngest of whom is 11 months old. She was seriously injured in the rocket attack in Be’er Sheva yesterday and is currently in hospital. OneFamily is organizing food to be delivered to the family for Shabbat, and for community volunteers to stay in contact with the family and provide whatever help is needed.
Shoshana lost her son Avi in a terrorist attack in 2004, and has been suffering from post-trauma ever since. The rocket explosions in Beer Sheva this week have caused her immense stress which threatens to hospitalize her. Her daughter and 2-year-old grandson, who live with her, are also under tremendous stress, and her grandson is constantly afraid and crying. OneFamily has organized community volunteers to help with babysitting and food.
Miriam and her two children were wounded in a bus bombing in Beer Sheva in August 2004. Since then, they have been suffering from post-traumatic stress and physical injuries. The recent explosions in Beer Sheva had put them under tremendous stress that they are unable to manage, and they are now seeking comfort from each other, which they cannot provide, causing them even more stress. OneFamily is organizing community volunteers to come and talk with the family to help relieve the stress and provide food for the weekend.
In Jerusalem, OneFamily case workers are now in the hospitals, where 10 victims wounded in yesterday’s bombing remain hospitalized. Two victims are in critical condition and three are in light to moderate condition at Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem, while Sha’arei Zedek and Bikur Cholim hospitals are treating 5 victims in moderate condition and five with lighter injuries.
Please pray for the following victims of yesterday’s Jerusalem bombing:
Odelia Nechama bat Michal – suffered serious head injuries and is in intensive care. Her life is still in danger.
Natan Daniel ben Shulamit – a 17-year-old student who is in serious condition. He suffered massive internal injuries and has had a number of internal organs removed.
Leah Bracha bat Shoshana – is a 19-year-old seminary student. She suffered burns to her legs and arms as well as serious shock.
David Amoyal – David is the owner of the snack stand next to the bus stop. He told everyone to run away and then called the police, and was on the phone with them when the bomb exploded. He suffered injuries to his legs and feet and lower body. He is in moderate condition.
Sasson ben Shulamit – This is the second time Sasson has been injured in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. He suffered lower body injuries and serious post-traumatic symptoms.
Ad Shapira – Ad is 18 years old and just about to complete high school. She suffered light orthopedic injuries and is in good condition in hospital.
Shilo ben Ofra – Shilo is 15 years old, and suffered burns and fractures to his legs and lower abdomen. He is sedated in intensive care.
Daniel ben Nurit- Daniel is 13 years old, and suffered lacerations and shrapnel injuries to his lower extremities, and is likely to be released from the hospital before Shabbat.
Elchanan ben Alona – Elchanan is 14 years old, and suffered serious injuries to his feet. One ankle and three of his toes were crushed. He has had one operation and will require more surgery. He will likely be in the hospital at least 2-3 weeks.
Netanel ben Shlomit – Netanel is 18 years old and works as a security guard at the bus station. He was injured in the abdomen had surgery. He is now recuperating in the hospital.

Please visit OneFamily’s website at http://www.OneFamilyFund.org for more updates on the injured victims of this week’s attacks.