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The sun was barely scraping the horizon as Rabbi Zilberman fumbled for his keys and unlocked the synagogue door. Stifling a yawn, he made his way into the Bet Midrash and began tidying up the room as usual.

As he was about to open his Gemara, Rabbi Zilberman noticed something white and rumpled on the wooden bench next to him– He must have forgotten to take his tallit home. But when he reached over to pick it up, he froze in shock.

Nestled under the tallit, curled up into a little ball, was a sleeping boy.

“Please,” the boy sputtered out in Hebrew, eyes suddenly open, wide, and frightened.

“I-I’m sorry. I know I didn’t ask permission to sleep here…But…I had nowhere else to go.”

As the two continued speaking, a heartbreaking story unfolded: The boy, who introduced himself as Dovid Rosen, was one of five children who were abandoned by their mother several years prior. Then a couple of weeks ago, they suffered another unimaginable trauma when their father passed away from a terrible disease, leaving them homeless orphans overnight.

The encounter shook Rabbi Zilberman to the core. These children were in a living nightmare.

“Who will take care of them?” he asked in a letter to the public.

“Who will feed and clothe them? Who will hug them, and reassure them, and tuck them in at night with a kiss on the forehead? They lost everything. They are scared and alone.”

Rabbi Zilberman is urging donors to open up their hearts and help these vulnerable children who have no one in the world to look after them. To ensure their security, please make a tax-deductible donation here.

*Several details have been changed to protect the family’s privacy