Raising his girl was so challenging, it almost killed him

That takes the challenge to a whole new level.

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Goldy Lichtenstein
Goldy Lichtenstein
צילום: Vaad HaRabbanim

Though it’s a blessing, every parent knows that raising children of all ages comes with its own challenges. But raising children with physical disabilities? That takes the challenge to a whole new level.

When Goldy Lichtenstein was born into an Israeli family with thirteen children, her parents Raitzy and Asher could never have been prepared for the challenges that awaited them. Adorable newborn Goldy was born with epilepsy, hypotonia, celiac and a heart defect. Today, thirteen years later, Goldy still needs 24/7 supervision including being spoon-fed every couple of hours, having diaper changes, being physically carried around the house, receiving medication throughout the day, and more.

“She is 100% dependent on us 24/7 and has to be hospitalized frequently,” shares Raitzy.

Most impressively, Raitzy and her husband Asher always work together as a team to make sure Goldy and the other kids in their family feel loved and taken care of. In fact, neighbors in their apartment building always remark how beautiful their Shalom Bayit is and how happy and well-behaved their kids are. And despite having additional financial stress due to Goldy's medications and transportation, their children always look clean and put-together. But recently, as neighbors and friends pass the Lichtenstein family members in the stairwell their hearts give a little twist.

Because they know that several months ago the finances had become so stressful that Asher suffered from a stroke.

“Now, I am struggling to take care of the family and pay the bills all on my own,” admits Raitzy sadly.

“...I love my family so much and I can’t possibly do this on my own. I am all alone in this.”

Funds are being collected by the Vaad HaRabbanim to help this incredible Mom continue to care for her family as well as her husband who is currently recovering, to simply keep food on the table, and to keep a roof over her heads. Without external help, they will fall apart. Click here to send them immediate relief.