On August 28, 1963 (two weeks before my Bar Mitzvah) Martin Luther King delivered his groundbreaking and famous “I had a dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. At that time, I had dreams too…….
Even as a young boy I yearned for the release of Jews from the USSR- Shalach es ami Vayavduni- Let my Russian Jewish brothers and sisters go to a free land. I dreamt that I would have the fortitude to complete my secular and Jewish education so that I could make a difference in this world. Fifty-five years later many of my dreams have been fulfilled. But-nonetheless I dream on.
May 2018 be a year in which all nations shall beat their swords into plow shares and their spares into pruning hooks, and nations shall not lift up swords against other nations and there shall be no more war (Yeshaaha 2:4).
May young boys and girls have strong and secure families without the need to be placed outside their homes; that children whose lives have been disrupted should each have an alternative living situation with the love and care that we provide at Lev Lalev; that each of our over one hundred young orphaned and disadvantaged girls succeed through an ever growing partnership with our extended Lev Lalev family; that we at Lev Lalev have the financial resources through your Israel charity support to help all of our children including our new brides.
May Israel and the Jewish people continue to be “A light onto the nations” and may the world of nations appreciate, respect, and recognize the contributions that we make. As Martin Luther King said “The whole world must see that Israel must exist and has the right to exist, and is one of the greatest outposts of democracy in the world”.
Yes- with your help these dreams can be achieved. Thank you for standing with Israel and for helping to change the world one precious girl at a time. As our Rabbis have said, “To save one life is to save an entire generation”. What you do through your charity, tzedakah, and prayers makes a world of difference. Todah Raba-much thanks.