Showers of blessing came down over Israel in the past week. Although rain is considered a blessing for the earth, for many needy families, the rain poses a daily challenge and makes life more difficult in certain aspects.Many people suffer from lack of clothes, and when they wash their clothes, they don't have a way to dry them since they can't hang them outside. Vision for Israel donated a dryer to a needy family this week. The family includes a single parent with 2 children who live in a one-room apartment. The dryer will help them dry their clothes quickly and efficiently.
Ilanit, one of our recipients, has had a pretty tough life. Her father abandoned her family when she was a young girl, and her mother raised her by herself. When Ilanit was 14 years old, her mother died, leaving her alone, an orphan. Ilanit went to a boarding school, joined the army at 18 and tried to rebuild her life. She got married and had a little girl, but her husband became addicted to gambling and caused the family to fall into severe debt, and she divorced him.
Many Holocaust survivors don't go out for recreation due to poor health or financial and emotional difficulties. This past week, we got to fund a fun activity for the dear survivors. The group was treated to a play at the Gesher Theater in Jaffa. Vision for Israel sponsored both the transportation to the theater and the tickets for the show. For some, it was the first time they watched a play in Israel. The organizer of the event wrote us, saying, "The evening was wonderful. The people enjoyed every moment and especially the play, which was at a very high cultural level.
“This city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.” Jer 33: 8-9
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lam. 3: 22-23
“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night that I may meditate on your promises.” Ps 119: 147-148
“The man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.” Isa 57:13
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it.” Col 4:2
"There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.” Deut. 33:26
This Saturday Tu Bishvat is celebrated in Israel.
Tu Bishvat literally means the 15th day of the month of Shvat. It is the date of Rosh Hashanah La-ilanot, the “New Year for the Trees” – the turn of the year for the purposes of determining the age of a tree, which is needed for calculating a tithe. (The fourth year of a tree’s fruit is to be dedicated to God.)
In Israel, we see the almond trees blossom, marking the early days of spring and the start of growing season.