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Purim Lights, Before & After

by Shalvi Weissman

0 Comments | Thursday, March 13, 2014 under Emergency Fund, Holiday Fund, Matanot L'Evyonim


Dear Yad Eliezer,
I don't want to trouble you, but I really don't know who else to turn to. I have a neighbor is sitting in a cold dark home as the rain pours down outside. Her electricity has been cut off, and she is losing hope that things will ever get better. She has a home full of children, one of whom suffers from epilepsy and is in and out of the hospital on a regular basis. The husband is mentally unbalanced, and doesn't support the family financially or emotionally. The mother works when she is not in the hospital with her daughter, but her income is not nearly enough to cover basic expenses. Month after month when the electric bill arrives, she sighs deeply and adds the envelope to the pile without even opening it. Why bother? There is no money to pay in any case.

Yesterday the inevitable happened. Her electricity was cut off. While all of her neighbors are cooking and baking for Purim, she and her children are sitting in the cold dark rooms without anything to warm their home or their hearts. What kind of Purim can be celebrated in the dark?

Do you think you can help her? I wish I had the means to pay the electric bill myself, but I don't. Please let me know if there is anything that can be done.

Thank you,
A Concerned Neighbor


Dear Yad Eliezer,
You made my day! I am simply overjoyed! And you should see the joy and celebration in my neighbor's home! Not only did you pay to turn the electricity back on, but you transferred money for them to fill up their empty kitchen cabinets and refrigerator! I can't possibly thank you enough! When I went to tell her that you would be paying the electric bill she started to cry from relief.
She had been dreading spending Purim in the dark with no warm food or heating. As we were speaking, the electricity came back on. The kids clapped their hands and started to sing, "ליהודים היתה אורה ושמחה וששון ויקר". As it says in the Megilla which we read on Purim, "the Jews had light and joy, gladness and celebration."

How can I ever thank you? I can only bless you and Yad Eliezer's donors to experience as much joy and relief as you have given my neighbor.

Wishing you a truly happy Purim,
An Overjoyed and Relieved Neighbor

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