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Please pray for Rabbi Eliyahu // Hebron in Chicago

By David Wilder
5/20/2008, 12:00 AM

I must ask all to pray for the full and speedy recovery of former Chief Rabbi, the Rishon L'Tzion, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu
After having taken a break for a couple of weeks, mostly due to lack of time and internet connection, I'm back.

First of all, I must ask all to pray for the full and speedy recovery of former Chief Rabbi, the Rishon L'Tzion, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, shlita, who is critically ill. His Hebrew name is: Rabbi Mordechai Tzemach ben Mazal Tov.

I spent the past five days in Chicago (and am writing from New York). Together with Noam Arnon and Yossi Baumol, we made the rounds, speaking at various shuls and attending numerous speaking engagements in the Chicago-Skokie area.

I was in Chicago once before, about four years ago, and then, as today, found the Jewish community there to be warm and hospitable. Excepting Shabbat all three of us were together with a wonderful man who lives together with his son in the Chicago suburbs. His hospitality was straight out of the playbook of Avraham Avinu, - our father Abraham – and he made our stay away from home comfortable and enjoyable. Marshall and Nachum- from the pages of Arutz 7 – thanks very very much!!!

Over Shabbat we spread out, speaking in different parts of the city. We also attended three functions, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday night. I won’t try to mention the names of all the people who were instrumental in making our trip a success for fear that I’ll forget someone, but to all of you – a big, hearty wish of gratitude!

It was very heartwarming to know that so many people are interested in what’s happening in Hebron and all of Judea and Samaria. Of course, most people are as concerned as we are at the present government policies. I was also very happy to hear of the many people who are considering Aliyah in the not too distant future.

As a rule I prefer to be in Hebron, rather than wandering around the world. However, I cannot overstate the importance of ‘spreading the word,’ educating whoever is interested, supplying them with facts and dissolving the myths, (usually negative), concerning everything that is happening today in Israel.

Below are some photos from our Saturday evening event. I don’t have the names of everyone pictured, so for the time being I’m not going list any names. When I have them all, I’ll add them. By the way, one of the photos shows five Chicago boys who initiated and raised a sizeable contribution for Hebron/the Hebron Fund. Guys, Yashar Koach!!

 Until next time….

This was filmed four years ago in Chicago with Rabbi Doug Zeldon