29 Nov, 2020
JERUSALEM WEATHER

Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces are comforting Jews in mourning the world over, both inside and outside of Israel, by saying the obligatory and commemorative Kaddish prayer on their behalf for recently deceased family members. The soldiers, all of whom serve in the Netzach Yehuda unit, have taken this initiative in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Each of the soldiers are receiving specific names of those who have recently passed away and will be saying the Kaddish prayer in their merit and in perhaps the last remaining minyan (formal prayer quorum of 10 Jewish men) currently taking place in the entire world.

For the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, Israeli soldiers are staying at their respective bases of service without leave for over 30 days at a time. The soldiers, currently stationed at the Netzach Yehuda base, have been permitted to hold formal prayer quorums since they have spent more than two weeks together completely isolated from anyone outside the base.

Unfortunately, just about everyone else in the world cannot have this privilege in light of regulations put into place by governments that significantly restrict the size of gatherings. The Netzach Yehuda (Judah’s Victory) unit, invites those around the world experiencing enormous pain over the loss of their loved ones to share their names so that the soldiers will say the Kaddish on their behalf.

Many around the world have already been inspired and comforted by the initiative. Rabbi Shmuel Schwartz, the father of a paratrooper, said, “Over the last few weeks, I have been lost because I cannot say Kaddish for my mother.”

“Then my soul was immediately revitalized when my son offered to say Kaddish for my mother in his unit,” he continued. “I felt so relieved and at comfort that my mother could be properly honored during my time of mourning.”

This initiative is just one of many adaptations the IDF is making to help wherever they can in Israel’s current battle against coronavirus.

And this can be your chance to give back to those very soldiers..

You can do that by supporting organizations that are working to protect the IDF from the coronavirus pandemic.

One of those organizations is Yahad – United for Israel’s Soldiers. Yahad is trying to ensure that any IDF soldier who (God forbid) gets infected with the novel coronavirus, will be treated with state-of-the-art medical equipment.

But to do this, Yahad needs to purchase life-saving medical supplies such as the Tempus Pro Monitor. This product is a portable respiratory device. These respiratory devices are vital for coronavirus victims in critical condition. That’s because without them,chances of survival are decreased. 

This respirator is an advanced vital signs respirator for IDF Medics which is groundbreaking in size, weight and functionality. Each cost NIS 135,000 ($32,000).

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Once obtained, the IDF will finally be able to focus on fighting Israel’s enemies without the distractions that the pandemic brings.

And now can be your chance to help.  Simply donate whatever you can to Yahad and help the IDF overcome this unforeseen challenge.

Remember, in Deuteronomy, God instructs Israel’s warriors to fight their enemies without fear.

When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots—forces larger than yours—have no fear of them, for Hashem your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you. (Deuteronomy 20:1)

Fulfilling this commandment is much easier when those same fighters don’t have to worry about health concerns like the Covid-19 virus.

Support Yahad in this important effort with a donation today.

 

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