Rabbi Yossi and Malki Rodal have been appointed as the new shluchim to Rural and Regional Australia.
Shaul Spigler, the director of Chabad of RARA, has recently announced the appointment. The couple, together with their son Yitzchok, will be coordinating the daily and seasonal activities in rural and regional towns and cities around Australia.
Its an incredible place really. Its a country of vast open plains, deep red earth from one end of the horizon to the other in one place, and rich, wet rainforests in another. A land girt by sea, you’re likely to chance upon a seashore around the bend, the fresh salty smell of seawater assailing your nostrils. Far from the densly populated main cities, it’s the real Australia. It’s the Outback.
The Baal Shemtov once pleaded with Moshiach, “when will you finally arrive?”, to which came the reply, “When the wellsprings of Chassidus have spread out far and wide.” Thousands of Shluchim devote their every waking hour to achieve this mission, and in Australia, its no different. And in the furthest corners of that sunburnt country, Chabad of RARA is there. Chabad of Rural and Regional Australia believes that no Jew is too far to be reached out to, nor too remote to befriend. With the assistance of tens of Rabbis and couples throughout the year, RARA coordinates Sedorim, High Holiday Services, events for Yomim Tovim, Home visits, pastoral care, Hebrew School,online classes, and any other service that is required.
The Rabbis return after each trip with countless inspiring stories of men and women connecting to their roots and finding inspiration in their Jewish Heritage, often for the first time in many years. Sometimes, these visits are the only Jewish connection these Jews have for the entire year.
Rabbi Rodal hopes to take this amazing project, and together with his wife, bring it to the next level.
“We will be running the organization, working behind the scenes as well as out on the road. In addition, we’ll be fundraising to fund our work and reach as many people as we can,” says Yossi. “Many new exciting projects are on the horizon. Malki and I look at this as an opportunity to spread the message of yiddishkeit to people who may otherwise never experience it.”
The Rodals will soon be undertaking one of Chabad of Rara’s famous road trips, hitting the road for 8 weeks in the “RARA mobile”, a mitzvah tank specially designed and outfitted to travel long distances. They will reach remote villages and meet people, reconnecting them to Judaism. With 10 base cities, there are approximately 250 smaller towns where there could be anywhere from 1 to 100 jews. Rara’s area of influence spans about 30,000 kilometers, or 20,000 miles.
Rara will arrange events in the bigger cities for Chanukah, Purim, Pesach, and Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur. The other towns receive visits once or twice a year, depending on their location.
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