Pray at the Kotel

For the past few years I have been professionally involved with the Lev Lalev Orphanage in Netanya, Israel.The work is rewarding and I have very special affinity to our donors and friends. Whenever I travel to Israel to visit the home, I always make it a point to visit the Kotel and pray for the well-being of our donors.

Generally, I send a note to our donors and ask them if I can pray for them. I leave for Israel tomorrow with a large number of prayer requests. These prayers are different than at other times. The focus of these prayers are on the welfare of the world, rather than on the individual’s needs. As my friend Phil from Texas wrote, “Pray for our country. We all need the peace of G-d to bring us back from the brink of CRAZY.”

Many others asked us to pray for the welfare of our precious girls at Lev Lalev. One of our donors wrote, “I have not been blessed with children of my own and I feel a deep and familial connection to the wonderful orphans of Israel.” While the world spins around in many different directions, I know that Hashem helps us find our way and gives us comfort, direction, and blessings.

I am traveling with a heavy heart – eleven Jews murdered in Pittsburgh; CL from Canada who has just learnt that she and her husband will not naturally conceive; DC from US who wants to find her soulmate and start her family. The chessed that our wonderful donors do in giving tzedakah, in helping orphans and widows, in praying for the welfare of others, is simply amazing. May Hashem hear their prayers and give them comfort and an abundance of brachos.

When they have nowhere to turn, who will be there for them?