The Yeshiva called and said, "He's gone"

Tragic Emergency Family Fund Takes Jewish Internet By Storm

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Beitar Father of 5 Dies Suddenly, Community in Shock
Beitar Father of 5 Dies Suddenly, Community in Shock
Kupat Ha'Ir

"I'm Yonatan

This week Jews around the world were shocked & moved by an emergency family fund detailing the plight of a 10-year-old boy. The boy, Yonatan B. of Beitar, wrote of how his father passed away unexpectedly last week, leaving a widow & 5 children in extreme debt. Their cause was picked up by tzedaka organization Kupat Ha'Ir, as their level of poverty was found to be extreme. Rav Chaim Kaniesky & the gedolim of Beitar have supported the campaign, and donors are urged to give generously.

The family has just gotten up from shiva, and will now attempt to re-integrate into day-to-day life. Kupat Ha'Ir hopes donations will enable them to find some peace and normalcy in this painful time.

Read an excerpt from Yonatan's letter below:

. I'm ten-and-a-half years old. Until last week, I led the life of an ordinary child, as did my four siblings. We had nothing to do with debts or money problems - why would we?.

Then our father died. Suddenly, out of nowhere, with no warning. When we got the call at school that Tatty - that is what we called him - was niftar, was gone, that we should come home right away, our world broke into a million pieces. We children are still in shock. We're sitting shiva now.

You'd think that during shiva we'd be able to focus on missing our dad. We are devastated by his death, but that is not the only shock. We have new worries. Our mom says that we're massively in debt and we don't know where our next meals will come from or where we'll be able to live.

I don't know what I can say to make you want to help us. I just know that our dad is gone, and that we're really poor.

If you're reading this, please, please, help us if you can. Please help our mommy, so she doesn't have to be so scared. It seems like life can't possibly get more painful, or more awful. Being homeless would make it so much worse.