“It was the day of my wedding, and my father and sisters and I were almost ready to leave for the hall. Down the hallway I heard my sister scream, and saw that my father was on the floor. He had had a heart attack. We lost him that day. The wedding was cancelled, of course, and we went straight into shiva. Dad had raised us alone after Mom passed away, and we were lost as to what to do next. He had many debts, which we knew nothing of, and we used our own money to pay the rest of the wedding expenses which could not be refunded.
For a full year, I worked as a nurse to save up money to re-make the wedding. We sold everything we had before to help take care of my siblings, and repay our debts. I am starting from scratch.” Tamar, 23*
Rav Gershon Edelstein has joined the list of choshuve rabbanim to support the Kupat Ha'Ir orphan wedding campaign, a fund for young men & women getting married this month who have lost a parent. These young people truly struggle humiliation and grief to make a simcha alone, and for that reason Rav Edelstein gives the following powerful bracha to those who donate here:
“All those who donate 380 NIS ($107) to the fund for the 38 orphans getting married in Elul 5779 will merit, measure for measure, that they and their descendants will grow in Torah, fear of Heaven and good character traits with peace of mind and a ksiva v’chasima tova.”
Rav Gershon Edelstein shlita
Funds go not only toward the orphans’ weddings, but also toward establishing their home after marriage. Our goal is to raise a total of one thousand dollars for each couple. For $1000, each couple can purchase essentials such as a wedding dress, second hand furniture, and more.
This is an amazing cause. Give now to join the gedolim, marry off these special young people, and receive Rav Edelstein’s blessing for children who will grow in Torah, have yiras shomayim, good middos, and a ksiva v’chasima tova - Amen!
Donations can also be made to Kupat Ha'Ir Foundation # 7150, by phone at 1-888-587-2842, or by mailing a check to American Friends of Kupat Ha'ir, 4415 14th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219
* Unless they have personally experienced getting married after the loss of a parent, it can be difficult for readers to understand the extent of the trauma and the validity of the need for support. The above story is told to illustrate why this fund is so crucial. The orphans getting married this month prefer that their details remain private. For that reason, this story is not any one individual's story, it is a combination of details from many cases.