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Hello.

My name is Yosef Lepon. I grew up on Mt Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem, the second of 11 children.

When I was 17, I was walking up from the Western Wall. It was late at night and no one was around.

An Arab started following me. As I neared Jaffa Gate, I felt a punch in my back and saw him run off.

I realized I had just been stabbed but pushed myself on. My body was shutting down as I stumbled up the steps leading out of the Arab Shuk. There, I collapsed, bleeding heavily.

An ambulance came within minutes. They cut off my bloody clothes and rushed me to Hadassah for surgery. I woke up to find my parents and friends surrounding me. When I saw the fear in their eyes, I realized I had nearly lost my life.

I looked down at my body and saw that they had opened me up from chest to stomach and removed my right kidney which had been sliced in half by the sharp knife of the terrorist.

I was in the hospital for a month and almost died from the hepatitis I contracted from the dirty knife. My eyes glowed yellow for days.

For the most part I have healed physically, although I am missing a major organ and have a huge scar to constantly remind me of my horrifying brush with death.

Healing emotionally has proven harder.

I fell into a deep depression. My life was going nowhere and I was full of fear and hopelessness. In the year following my stabbing, two of my friends from the Old City were badly injured in bombings. We were now all struggling with the fact that our lives had been changed forever just for being Jews in Israel.

When my wife met me I was a wreck, suffering from severe PTSD, but with no idea what it was and getting no help. To this day, I suffer sleepless nights, horrific flashbacks and loss of appetite. I avoid crowds, especially places with Arabs, and keep looking behind me wherever I go. I obsessively follow the news of terror attacks which bring up all my fears and take me back to that night.

Thank G-d, my wife and I have 3 beautiful children. I work hard to support my family by doing home repairs. After many moves we finally found a small community close to Jerusalem where we are renting an old caravan (trailer home). But this temporary house is falling apart and impossible to heat in the winter.

I have good hands and experience in construction. My goal is to build a warm home where I can raise my children in peace and without fear. We hope to reach out to other survivors of terrorism to give them hope and serve as an example that there is life after this horrific trauma.

We know that the best answer to terrorism is another Jewish family putting down roots in our ancestral homeland, settling the land that Jews have lived and died for, over thousands of years.

Please help us pay for a proper, safe and warm home and please share this appeal with others.

Tizku lemitzvos and may you only know good things.

Yosef

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Donations in Israeli shekels can also be made via bank transfer or deposit to (Israel only credit cards won't process, only Intl.)

Chasdei Yaela (non profit)
Bank Mercantile
Branch 635
Acct # 72156823

תרומות בשקלים דרך עמותה
חסדי יעלה
בנק מרכנתיל
סניף 635
חשבון- 72156823

 

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