When Shira* was only four years old, her parents were both killed in a terrorist attack. Though incredible divine providence, Shira was at home with a babysitter and survived without a scrape.
“My parents were both murdered in a terrorist attack when I was only four years old.” writes Shira, now 22, in a recent letter where she attempts to describe the existence of having lost both parents at such a young age.
“I’ve tried so hard to remember my parents, to remember how it felt to be loved…But my mind comes up blank. For years, I deeply longed to have a family. To have somewhere where I belonged.”
Shira’s personal adage is utterly heartbreaking. But incredibly, the 22-year-old is finally about to have the one thing she’s yearned for her entire life: Family. She’s currently engaged to a wonderful young man named Gavi* and is happier than she’s ever felt in her entire life. But attempting to get married without parental support has proved to be extremely difficult. After several stressful weeks of desperately trying to gather the funds to start a simple life together with her fiancé, Shira had to face a heart-wrenching decision: Whether or not to break her engagement.
That’s where things started to get interesting.
Her story somehow made its way to the desk of Rabbi Mordechai Gross, a much sought-after man in Israel who is legendary for the thousands of people who have come to him for blessings and immediately saw their long-awaited prayers come true. When Rabbi Gross heard about Shira’s situation, he immediately put out the following powerful letter. The incredible letter was written not only for her sake but for the sake of 62 other orphaned brides in similar situations struggling to make weddings on their own this month:
“We have gathered here and the stories of 63 orphans have come before us, they are about to get married and they have no means to pay the necessary expenses. Therefore, we ask from each person to partner with us to pay the wedding expenses generously…Each person who does so should merit measure for measure to celebrate a family celebration in their own homes soon. They should not know any sorrow or pain. They should merit children and Jewish nachat from all their descendants. They should be saved from the damaging effect of technology, and G-d should fulfill all their wishes for the good, with abundant wealth and all the salvations.”
Without urgent help, Shira will have no choice but to cancel her wedding this month. She won't be able to have the family that she’s been longing to build. She will have to walk away from her beloved fiancé forever. She has no parents in this world, but to her, we can be like family. Click here to help walk Shira down the aisle this month towards a happy future, and to personally receive Rabbi Gross’s much sought-after blessings for celebrations in your home, nachat from your descendants, and for abundant wealth and all of the salvations you need.
*Details have been changed to protect the couple’s privacy