Many of you have heard about the efforts of our dear friends, the Mirivis's in Sde Ilan, as they assist the Tzfat community. They, in comjunction with kibbutz Lavi, have been organising hundreds of meals for the Tzfat community. Families in Tzfat, Naharia etc. who have not left their homes are frequently the elderly and poor who have few means. In those cities they have no public transport to get to the shuk, the pharmacy is closed, and the local makolet is too. They have no money because the bank is closed as well, and the ATM is empty.
Here is a great pre-Shabbat story.
Thursday night, at 9:00 pm Elisheva received a phone call from the Breslav community in Tzfat.
"We have six hundred mouths to feed for Shabbat. Is there any way that you can help us?"
Well, Thursday night at 9:00 p.m. is not the earliest time to get organised, and Elisheva had already sent all the food out. What was she going to do? Just as she began to collect her thoughts, the phone rang once again.
"Hello, this is Radio X," said the broadcaster, "we have heard that Rabbanit Elisheva is doing wonderful work in Tzfat and we wanted to interview her about it."
So in five minutes Elisheva was "on air" asking whether anybody could donate money for the Breslav community this Shabbat!
And one hour later, she had 22,000 shekel to pay for it all.