Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Israel has recently experienced a devastating attack that has shaken us to our core, reminding us of the darkest moments in history. The toll is heart-wrenching, with over 1,400 lives lost, and 139 prisoners whose fate remains uncertain. Among the victims are innocent children and infants, leaving behind shattered and grieving families.
The world looks on in horror at the unimaginable atrocities and the harrowing aftermath left in the wake of the cruel oppressors who carried out a horrific massacre in the kibbutzim and settlements surrounding Gaza. As we strive to move forward with our lives, we must remember that there are thousands for whom life will never be the same again. They find themselves trapped in an agonizing cycle of mourning.
Amid this darkness, the Avior organization has been a beacon of hope and support, commemorating all the victims of past attacks, including the heinous massacre on October 7th, and once again, we are shocked by the terrible attack in Jerusalem, where abhorrent terrorists brutally took the lives of three innocent Jews.
During these challenging times, our organization stands shoulder to shoulder-with the grieving families who have lost their loved ones. Our dedicated team visits these families daily, offering solace, encouragement, and a listening ear. In the days following the traditional mourning period (shiva), the feelings of loneliness, sadness, and hardship intensify. It is then that we step in to provide support, reminding them that they are not alone, and that we have not forgotten them or their beloved lost ones.
These families need more than emotional support; many of them require ongoing financial assistance, as their loved ones were the primary providers or left behind substantial debts in addition to their profound sorrow.
During one of our visits, we were deeply moved as a grieving widow shared her heartbreaking story. Her husband had been her everything, and he had lost his father to a tragic attack when he was just two and a half years old, two days before Simchat Torah, 25 years ago. Tragically, history repeated itself as her husband was also taken on Simchat Torah in the recent massacre, leaving her with a two-and-a-half-year-old orphan. The pain is unimaginable.
With each visit, we encounter more painful and poignant stories. Together, we share tears, provide solace, and strive to fulfill their wishes, bringing them moments of joy to ease a fraction of their immense pain.
The need for assistance is overwhelming, with many families in desperate circumstances. The situation is incredibly challenging, and we appeal to your generosity to help us continue this sacred mission.
On behalf of all these grieving families, we express our deepest gratitude for your help and support.
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