Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Help Him Out!

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Rabbi Nati is our good friend and was our co-blogger for the first 5 years of this blog.  A big chossid and emunah doctor, he moved to Israel 20 years ago.

The last few years were filled with troubles for our friend, with him being badly taken advantage of multiple times, leading with him being piled deep in debt and eventually to him becoming HOMELESS 2 months ago.

Friends offered him a Shabbos here and a night there, but the majority of the time he was sleeping in his car – being regularly threatened by the police when spotted (as someone hanging out in their car in the middle of the night is possibly a threat).

He eventually drove up to Meron, to the kever of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, where he became a holy beggar.  He got food for a meal a day at the charity tent set up there, got a chance to clean up at the mikvah when he could afford the $3 fee (if someone gave him charity), and gradually raised a bit of money to make a security deposit on an apartment…which was then stolen from him by another beggar.

Someone offered him a job as a security guard for a Jewish school in Budapest, Hungary, and he figured he’s gotten nothing to lose and any job is better than no job.  So he sold his only place to sleep, his 15 year old car, and headed to Budapest.  Unfortunately the job is not ready and there’s residency and work permit paperwork that has to be processed…leaving him with no resources and no job until that finishes. 

And if we don’t step up to help, he’ll be a starving beggar in Hungary.  Here’s what we can do…

“I need a little help.  Until I get legal papers I have to prove me ability to stay here, which is only $550 per month.   I have to find this minimal support to stay afloat until my papers are arranged, which can take up to 3 months.  I’ve already lost everything I had, furniture, seforim, and was left holding a pile of debts that are not mine.  At least I should be able to get a basic job and have a bed to sleep in and not live from a soup kitchen and sleep in car seat.

Thank G-d I’m not homeless at the moment.  I have a bed to sleep in. And what to eat. And I'm in shul (synagogue) every day.

It would be a great mitzvah if you could help keep a holy Jew off the street so he can stand up and work and learn and pray and share some Torah with the Jews on Hungary.

Please help me get my situation stabilized.  And may Hashem bless each and every one of you to be successful and never encounter such troubles.”

Here’s how you can help:  Donate via Paypal, or if you are willing to do an international bank transfer, email me and I can forward you Rabbi Nati’s bank information in Hungary.

DONATE VIA CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL right here, right now!

If you don’t have a Paypal account, when you click on the link look for this on the bottom left and click Continue…

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May Hashem bless you abundantly for helping!

4 comments:

David said...

What's his full name+mother name?

Not a happy camper said...

Well, this what I was kvetching about in my responses to the following articles:

http://www.mpaths.com/2016/05/the-most-horrible-curses-in-world.html
http://www.mpaths.com/2016/05/moral-phobia.html
http://www.mpaths.com/2016/05/push-back.html

"Ha-Shem only 'seems' to be enriching and empowering criminals, vacuous celebrities, Amalekites, Edomites, and Jew hating Ishmaelites."

I'm unemployed and have my own grievous amount of debt. Time was that giving tzedakah wasn't an issue, but those days are long gone. Yes, yes, yes.... It's just Ha-Shem testing my emunah, right? It's just an obstacle to get me to pray more, right? Ha-Shem's ways are above my ways, right? Gam zu l'tovah, right? More teshuvah! More bitul! More emunah! More this! More that! Excuses, excuses, excuses....

Honestly, if the Master of the Universe truly cared about advancing His Own Kingship, then you'd think He'd pony up the cash and do so instead of keeping the Torah-observant in poverty and debt. You'd think He'd stop giving money hand over fist to anti-Semites and people who don't care about advancing Malchut Shamayim.

That's okay, Ha-Shem. Keep kicking us! Keep pulling the rug out from under us! Keep us under pressure, because that's how we become Olympic athletes in the world of emunah, right?

Yes, Ha-Shem meets our needs - breathable air, potable water, food in our belly, a roof over our head, and some of us are even given the luxury of being blessed with a genuine sense of belonging. Of course, that all comes with a side order of poverty and debt. Is that all we can expect out of life? Is this how earthly kings treat members of their inner circle, their courtiers, and their servants?

Maybe we should just be thankful that we've been given the opportunity to seek the Face of the King. Maybe we should just regard poverty and debt as part of the Palace of Illusion. What's the worst that can happen? Bankruptcy? Jail? All part of the illusion, right?

Josh said...

Bhatzlacha. I hope to hear good news soon.

crazy smade said...

Please keep us posted with updates. The loss of one's personal library is bad enough, IMO. Add to this everything else, including no longer being able to live in the Land. It boggles the mind. HaKadosh Baruch Hu must have a reason for sending him to Hungary. I'm just an unemployed Noachide, but I'll do what I can to help. I trust his network of chaverim will see him through this trial. He's certainly got more emunah than I do!

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