Friday, 25 November 2016

Israel Needs You

The video below was produced a year or more ago. The words are very appropriate to what we are currently facing.

It is impossible to put into words what I am feeling right now. Not for the first time I say, there are no words! How can one express the feelings that stir knowing that thousands and thousands of Jews are homeless. We go about our activities, preparing for the Holy Shabbat knowing there are many without homes. Not due to a natural disaster but due to fires set alight by people. 

This reminds me of the very, very harsh reality I saw as a student working in the burns unit. It reminds me of the horrors I saw working in physical rehabilitation. Over the past 12 years, there has been an increase in natural disasters, globally and so, a new role has developed for occupational therapists in the area of disaster relief. You can find out more about this one of the chapters of my new book, "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story". However, much of what is discussed is for natural disasters, being homeless due to a fire that was set alight intentionally is a different dimension and requires totally different intervention.

For any Jew who reads this, please take on a Mitzvah, learn some Torah, do Tehillim, learn Hallachah to know how to live in this world as Hashem wants us to. The land of Israel needs your Torah, Tefillah and Maasim Tovim or Tzeddakah. For anyone who wishes to learn Torah or to set up a learning schedule, we invite you to sign up to learn with Rabbi Eliyahu Shear. We have learning online and in person. Be in touch to find out what other ways you can assist.

As we prepare for Shabbat of Parshat Chaya Sarah, remember our Patriarch and Matriarchs. Remember the promise made to Avraham our Father. Remember a little closer to today, the Shabbat Project and increase your observance of Shabbat, even though there will not be anyone to organize a large event. Make sure you light Shabbat candles on time and have your home ready to begin Shabbat. If you are not sure of how to keep the laws of Shabbat, you can learn these laws with Rabbi Shear. 

Stay focused on what we need to do as a Jewish nation. When you pray, remember to pray for rain, Israel needs rain URGENTLY.

Shabbat Shalom

Occupational Therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of "Tuvia Finds His Freedom" and author of "Healing Your Life Through Activity - An Occupational Therapist's Story"

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