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.
If you don’t have a Paypal account, when you click on the link look for this on the bottom left and click Continue…
May Hashem bless you abundantly for helping!