With the holiday season upon us, many feel the pressure of consumerism to buy material goods, as many modern practices distract from the real meaning of this blessed season. But there is so much more to it than that.
The Feast of Lights celebrates the time when the Temple was dedicated and purified by the Hasmoneans. The Maccabeesfought against the forces of the Hellenist empire for their principles and right to serve the God of Israel. It’s a holiday in which light overcomes darkness. It is time to remember the miracles that happened to our ancestors. They were the few against the many and prevailed against great odds because of their faith in the Almighty.
Just like back then, today the small state of Israel is surrounded by enemies and terror groups who seek to destroy it. The security situation in our nation has been ongoing since Israel became a state in 1948. There has been an escalation of rocket attacks against our population over the last two decades. In May of this year, Israel experienced another round of heavy rocket fire in the southern and coastal regions.
This violence and hatred prompted VFI to donate mobile shelters that are positioned in public areas and provide protection in case of a sudden attack. In the last few months, we’ve been focusing on the areas that are more prone to rocket attacks. So far we have provided the first round of shelters—thanks to amazing donors like you—but there is still much more to be done.
We are looking to provide another round of shelters with the funds that will come in the next few months. Our goal is to donate an additional 100 mobile shelters. The cost of each mobile shelter is $12,000.
As you spend time reconnecting with God, listen to His calling. How is He urging you to better walk in His light? How can you be a better follower of His word? If our mission at Vision for Israel calls to you, please know that there is much you can do. We are actively accepting donations to provide bomb shelters that can protect thousands of people from rocket attacks. These safe spaces are a physical symbol of God’s protection and devotion to us.
However you choose to reconnect with God this Hanukkah, we wish you a blessed season full of light and happiness.
May the Lord bless and keep you,
Barry & Batya Segal