The Neshamah Geological Survey

A trip up to Northern Israel to help its residents and soldiers

Friday, August 18, 2006

Erev Shabbos Tzfas

Two months packed into two days. Everything in Israel moves at a break neck pace and to accomplish anything of significance can take hours merely to arrive at the point of take off.
Yesterday the warning siren went off in Tzvas and even though it was only a false alarm the panic that it caused and the fear was worse than the rockets landing. The people here are suffering from classic symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. They are irritable, easily frustrated, worried, and so very appreciative that anyone would take the time to come here and lend a hand.
From that perspective this has been a phenomenal success.

Our host family in Tzfas, Rabbi Eli Hecht and his wife Yardena, have been fantastic. Keeping us fed, providing us with all of the amenities of a five star Hilton. And we must also thank Moshe and Shachar for all of their help in loading and unloading all of the packages that we brought to Tzvas.
Much of the big bags of clothing and toys have already been distributed to families who so very desperately needed them.
Despite the realities of war and all of the attendant stress the people remain hopeful and resilient and they attribute much of this hopefulness and resilience to visits and assistance from people and groups such as ours.
I would greatly encourage anyone contemplating a trip to the North of Israel to follow through and make your travel plans.
Many of the displaced families from the northern communities are going to soon be required to move again as the schools in the south who have so graciously provided space are scheduled to commence the new school year and will now require their space for the children.
We left money for the Tzvas Kitchen that is providing 2500 hot meals a day as well as for Shabbos. We sponsored five days but they need so much more. On Monday we will be volunteering in the Kitchen in Jerusalem as well.
We will also be meeting with the alone Moreh Camp Director, Rabbi Rubin to bring him money to help defray the expenses of having taken in so many of the campers this summer. The boys program is over and the girls program has another week to go.
I am looking forward to a real mystical Shabbos in Tzfas. In preparation I went to the mikvah of the Ari Zal and I am going to take a short half hour nap. So before I fall asleep at the computer and type something that I don't want I will bid everyone a good Shabbos and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.................................


  • At 1:09 PM, Blogger Mimi said…

    I miss Tzfas. Hearing that it is a ghost town saddens me, and I'm glad to know there are still some troopers out there. Rabbi Friedman from Tfas said he's staying because, "Moshiach is coming to the Galilee first, and someone needs to be here to greet him."

    Good Shabbos. It's the best in Tzfas.

  • At 7:21 PM, Blogger Shirah Bell said…

    thank you both so much for doing your trip and sharing with us the details. I am deeply grateful for your care, and to hear from you what it is like in such detail. Shabbat shalom Shirah


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