A group of 24 young people living in Israel have been faced with the unique challenge of making a wedding after the passing of their parents. Luckily for them, they have been given a rare opportunity: If Kupat Ha’Ir’s Elul orphan wedding campaign is successful, they will receive some help in making a wedding and starting their new home.
Though each orphan chassan and kallah’s story is different, the campaign page features one symbolic chassan’s story, which combines themes from many of the orphans who flock to Kupat Ha’Ir for help:
“When the sirens got closer and closer, and didn’t go away, I knew something was terribly wrong. My parents had gone out to run an errand, leaving me in charge of my younger siblings.
Just like that, we became the latest gruesome headline. We were orphans, and our lives would never be the same.
…Preparing for a home is more expensive than I ever dreamed it would be: A fridge? An oven? Coats for the winter? Who could dream of such luxuries? We need help to live, and we need it now.
… with the help of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, we have a chance to start off our new lives together with some small piece of security.”
Whether or not these desperate young couples will receive help hinges on the success of a Chesed Fund fundraising campaign over the next two days.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky and Rav Shteinman will pray personally for all those who donate. The orphans involved hope that this incredible opportunity, to have the gedolei hador pray for donors personally, will open eyes and hearts to their suffering.
*The chassan in the story is symbolic, and not literal. Each of the orphans has their own story of loss.