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The Gedolei Hador unanimously agreed:Kupat Hair is the organization we trust and endorse

Text of Purim 5766

  • see pgs. 2-6 for details

    THE TZEDAKAH OF THE GEDOLEI HADOR IN ERETZ YISROEL

    Matonos L'evyonim of the Gedolei Hador see pgs. 10-11

    Bnei Brak

  • The Story in FullThe Story in FullA Jew entered the office of Zichron Moshe, a large and well-known free - loan organization in the U.S. with the following question: I would like to donate a sizeable sum - $300,000 to a tzedakah that helps aniyim in Eretz Yisroel. Which tzedakah organization is endorsed by the gedolei hador? Its not every day I contribute a sum like this, so I want to make sure my money goes to the right place

    The gabbai of Zichron Moshe was at a loss for what to reply.

    Greetings with love. I received your esteem

    ed letter about

    the large-scale mitzvah of tzedaka of

    which you are

    in charge. Since I am close to Kupat Hai

    r, the famous

    tzedaka [organization] of Bnei Brak, I ca

    n confirm that

    it is entirely a mitzva leshma with no fa

    ults at all, and

    fortunate is he who contributes to

    it.

    Signed, awaiting Hashems salvati

    on

    , " "

    . '

    ,

    .

    ' " "

    Maran Hagaon Harav Shmuel Halevi Wosner shlita

    Shmuel Halevi Wosner

  • "

    Among the institutions that can be trusted

    is Kupat

    Hair of Bnei Brak, which is run honestl

    y and on

    a volunteer basis

    All Organizations Are Similar (?)The truth is, he finally said, that all the organizations are more or less the same... at least on the outside. All quote rabbanim that praise them lavishly; all have recommendations aplenty; all have horror stories about the cases they help and miracle stories about the people who support them. All show touching photos and impressive financial reports. All organizations have many things in common, making them pretty similar. Is there any one organization that stands apart from the rest? To be honest, I dont know.

    Maran Hagaon Harav Aharon Leib

    Steinman shlita

    Aharon Leib Steinman

  • The gabbai of Zichron Moshe is a diligent man who tries to do his job faithfully. If the contributor wanted an organization in Eretz Yisroel endorsed by the gedolei hador, he would verify with the gedolei hador directly rather than rely on the organizations

    themselves, which can say whatever they like.

    Letters and More LettersThe gabbai sat down and penned a letter detailing his question. In his letter, he asked the gedolim to name a tzedakah organization that they trusted and endorsed. He then sent the letter off to various

    gedolei hador.

    The first response came, and then another, and another, and another.

    The gabbai could not believe what had happened. It was as if the elderly gedolim had made up among themselves what to reply... as if it was a well-known, self-understood fact. As if there

    was nothing more obvious or simple...

    What did they say? Amazing! The gedolei Yisrael, each from his own perspective, all held the same

    response! What does that tell us? What should it tell us?

    Kupat Hair

    Bnei Brak.

    (" "

    )

    I would like to ask Maran, shlit

    a: I am a

    gabbai tzedaka who lives abroa

    d. I have

    received a sum of money to for

    ward to an

    institution that distributes fund

    s to the

    poor. I would like to forward t

    he money

    to a tzedaka organization supp

    orted and

    endorsed by Maran, shlita. I

    ask that

    Maran respond to my question

    so that I

    may know what to do.

    Respectfully,

    A. F.

    Maran Hagaon Harav Chaim

    Kanievsky shlita

    (Maran Hagaon Harav Chaim Kaniesky, shlita)

  • "

    I am familiar with the large institution whe

    re everyone

    works lshem Shamayim to help families a

    nd extricate

    them from the poverty from which they su

    ffer and that is

    the institution named Kupat Hair o

    f Bnei Brak.

    Another personal aspect:At Kupat Hair, the donation was received with excitement and joy. Naturally, the gabbaims brains began working quickly, already calculating how many families would be helped and how to make the most out of the money. It isnt every day a contribution of that size comes in, even at Kupat Hair. Amidst the excitement and happiness over the contribution, the gabbaims attention was suddenly diverted to these letters, attached to the contribution, and their feelings and emotions

    changed completely. Suddenly, their hands trembled and their eyes grew damp. Their words

    stuck in their throat.It isnt easy to work for Kupat Hair. You eat tzaros, sleep distress, hear sobs and listen to sighs. It isnt easy to meet tragedy face to face day after day; the squeaking bedsprings and pounded pillows of each of the volunteers attest to that. Sometimes, they feel they havent the strength to go on any longer. Their souls cannot bear the pain they encounter, the

    wretchedness and misery, the heartbreak...These letters, containing the responses of the gedolei hador, illuminated their hearts with a brilliant light. They flooded the gabbaim with warmth and strength, recharging their batteries with energy.After all, earning the trust of the gedolei hador is a rare zechus.The zechus of the rabbanim, of the gabbaim, of everyone involved in Kupat Hairs activism and above all, the zechus of the thousands of contributors, the fuel upon which this amazing machine runs!

    Maran Hagaon Harav Michel Yehuda

    Lefkovitz shlita

    Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz

  • Maran Hagaon Harav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, davening on behalf of the contributors to Kupat Hair at the kever of the Chazon Ish, zya, on his yahrtzeit, 15 Cheshvan 5766.

    Not only does Maran Hagaon Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, accept contributions on behalf of Kupat Hair, not only does he

    instruct those who ask him where to contribute their money to give it to Kupat Hair; Harav

    Kanievsky considers Kupat Hair the tzedakah organization of the gedolei hador. As a result, he

    is willing to invest a lot more time and effort in the organization than could possibly be expected.

    Though Harav Kanievskys willingness to spend time praying for the contributors to Kupat Hair during the

    holiest, most personal moments of the year is already well known, those who witness the scene each time never fail to be amazed.

    Every evening the names of all that days contributors are forwarded to Harav Kanievsky, shlita. This means that Harav Kanievsky has agreed to tack on to his already crowded schedule yet another undertaking daily prayers on behalf of the contributors to Kupat Hair. Whoever is familiar with Harav Kanievskys extremely tight schedule and with the way he zealously guards every second cannot help but be impressed. After all, it must be that davening for

    the contributors of Kupat Hair comes at the expense of other things... learning, answering questions, seeing callers. And if this is Harav Kanievsky, shlitas top priority, we must try to place our tiny footsteps inside his giant ones and try to follow in his ways.

    When Harav Kanievsky, shlita, visits the gravesites of his ancestors, ztvkl, he remembers Kupat Hair and its contributors.

    On 15 Cheshvan, Harav Kanievsky visited the grave of the Chazon Ish, as he does every year on the anniversary of the great tzaddiks passing. Once again, he took along with him the list of contributors to Kupat Hair, and once again, those present shook their heads in disbelief and marveled to themselves. Even at such a holy time, when communing with his rebbe the Chazon Ish zya, Harav Kanievsky, shlita, takes along our names, the names of the contributors. He mentions them reverently, one by one, and an abundance of blessing descends from On High.

    Erev Yom KippurErev Yom KippurOn erev Yom Kippur, the lists were

    delivered after an operation of incredible scope that included collecting envelopes, opening them, organizing the names and sending them to the gedolim. Wonderful Jews spent all day running around (on a volunteer basis, of course... they, too, were seeking merits), foregoing a proper seudas hamafsekes and the merit of entering the holy day in a calm and serious frame of mind. The operation, which included a sea of small details, ran like a Swiss clock thanks to the unmistakable siyata dishmaya that accompanied it from beginning to end. Harav Kanievsky received the names, but there were those at Kupat Hair who were still uneasy.

    After Kol Nidrei, Reb Yitzchak Shaul, Rav Kanievskys son, was asked to approach his father with the following question. Perhaps there are people who

    contributed only because they knew Abba would pray for them? What if some names were mistakenly omitted? Who can be

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  • sure there were no mistakes? When processing such a huge volume of contributions in such a brief space of time, you cant be sure...

    I especially recited a few chapters of Tehillim for those whose names were inadvertently omitted, Harav Kanievsky replied, restoring a sense of calm. Quietly and without fanfare, as is his wont, he brought down yeshuos by reciting Tehillim for the contributors to Kupat Hair.

    Kol Nidrei Eve, before the maariv prayer that ushers in the holiest day of the year... can we grasp the greatness these moments hold for a man of such giant stature? How much can be accomplished during these moments... to what degree they can be utilized!The contributors to Kupat Hair dont