Manager and co-founder Effie Rifkin of the Orot Hachesed charitable organization told Arutz Sheva, Friday, that this year's Kimcha D'Pischa campaign for the needy at Passover time will be conducted in memory of Rabbi Chanan Porat, another co-founder of the group, who died of cancer in October. He said the organization has grown into an empire of lovingkindness from the branches in Ofakim, Kiryat Malachi and Akko that Porat set up when he left the Knesset.
Rifkin said that the absence of Rabbi Porat is very noticeable this year, explaining that, "Rabbi Hanan was a man with amazing energy." Rifkin said Orot Hachesed has been joined in its efforts by all the religious Zionist organizations, Torah core groups, youth groups, the religious kibbutz movement and religious high schools and yeshivas. He cited evictees from Gush Katif for donating 100 tons of potatos and 50 tons of carrots.