Eretz Yisrael is in the sixth year of its current Shemittah cycle. Keeping Shemittah requires that our farmers have a strong, unbreakable bond to Yiddishkeit! For the past six years we’ve been helping to strengthen that bond by learning the Halachos of Shemittah with more than 350 farmers, who observed the most recent Shemittah cycle. Now, an additional 500 farmers are learning the halachos b’chavrusa intensively, and, IY”H (G-d willing) they will be ready to observe the next Shemittah cycle, which will begin on Rosh Hashanah 5782.
SECULAR HIGH SCHOOLS HOSTING CHAREIDI SHIURIM ON ZOOM!
Our program featuring chareidi men and women giving Zoom-shiurim in secular high schools has been an unexpected success! We were totally surprised by the sheer demand for these shiurim. Principals and teachers alike in secular high schools across Israel have asked us to provide these shiurim to their students, and we have been providing chareidi men for the male students and chareidi women for the female students.
NEW SHUL COMPLETED IN RECORD TIME IN KIBBUTZ KVAR HAHORESH!
On 10 Teves we completed construction of a beautiful shul in Kibbutz Kfar Hahoresh, a Hashomer Hatzair kibbutz in the Galil near Natzeret, one year to the date from the time they first contacted us about building a shul. What great siyatta diShmaya we merited! In our experience, building a shul in similar communities took not just one year, but years to complete! As soon as we received their call asking for our help, we ran, and we stayed with them every step of the way; and we will continue to support them in every way we can as they get their shul up and running!
AYELET HASHACHAR WELCOMES TWO NEW A.H. FAMILIES; WE CELEBRATE THEIR MESIRUT NEFESH!
Welcome to the Ben-Dahan family, who moved to Kibbutz Hanaton in the Galil, near the Hamovil junction (not far from Natzeret). This Kibbutz is completely surrounded by Arabs. The Ben-Dahan’s arrival brings energy, strength and tremendous inspiration to this community. Further, Kibbutz Hanaton has been searching for a Rav for many years. In addition to the Ben-Dahan family, we have great confidence that we will find the right Rav to serve them!
Welcome to the Glick family – who moved from Yerushalayim to Shlomi, our community on the Lebanese border. Their arrival brought the light of Torah and Yiddishkeit to the community’s members!
A.H. OPENS A NEW KOLLEL IN HARISH (BETWEEN HADERA AND AFULA)
B’ezrat Hashem, we hope to have the kollel up and running before Pesach with between 50 and 100 avreichim learning there!
BARUCH DAYAN HA’EMES
On the 29th of Tevet, the fifth candle on Hanukkah, Rav Meir Abutbul, zt”l, a dear friend of ours, a great talmid chacham and yarei Shamayim, who was a foundational pillar of Ayelet Hashachar for years, returned his precious, pure soul to Hakadosh Baruch Hu. His passing has left a huge void in the Jewish world as a whole and particularly among all who knew, loved, and learned from him. He was a Rosh Kollel in Yaffo for many years. Over the course of his life he merited to teach and to bring back to Yiddishkeit thousands of residents of Yaffo and Bat Yam. He was a father and a friend to his students and their families. He leaves behind his wife, the Rebbetzin, shetichyeh, and six especially sweet children.
On Erev Rosh Chodesh Tevet, one of our unique and special friends, Rabbi Avraham Nachman Wolfson zt”l, passed away. He was a tremendous supporter and a guiding member of Ayelet Hashachar for many years. He served as a powerful example to Ayelet Hashachar’s staff of how to serve Hashem with love and with joy. He treated every Jew with such great dignity, and he carefully counted each moment of his life, infusing every one with great meaning. As it says in Tehillim (90:12), “Teach us to count our days; then we will acquire a heart of wisdom.” His petirah is a great loss to the Jewish world, one that will be felt for generations to come. We send our condolences to the entire family, and especially to his dear Rebbetzin.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Rabbi Boruch Yehuda Gradon, shlita, of Los Angeles, on the petirah of his mother. Rabbi Gradon has been a mentor and a guiding light for Rav Shlomo Raanan and for all of A.H. He was born in England, where he learned in the Gateshead yeshivah. He went on to learn in Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, New Jersey. Rabbi Gradon has served the Los Angeles community with distinction for over three decades, including twenty-five years as menahel ruchani of the Lakewood Kollel in Hancock Park. As the Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Gradon has been instrumental both in establishing the learning program for the avreichim and in creating the community outreach and “in-reach” arms of the Kollel (taken from https://www.merkazhatorah.org/rabbi-baruch-yehuda-gradon/)