Praying at the Kotel

Israeli orphan girls from Lev Lalev in Netanya, will be praying at the Kotel in Jerusalem next week as they prepare for the Rosh Hashana – High Holiday period.The Hebrew month of Elul began this past weekend and we blow the ram’s horn, the shofar, each weekday morning. This month is a time of repentance and soul searching. The Talmud writes that Elul can best be understood by the acronym – “Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li” (I am beloved and my beloved is mine) It is a time to search one’s heart in preparation for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays.It is also a time when multitudes of people visit the Kotel, Israel’s holiest site. Each year our Lev Lalev girls, too, travel to the Kotel at this time of year, as they prepare for Rosh Hashana and the new school year.They pray for personal improvement, for their friends at the home, for peace in Israel, and for YOU – their beloved Lev Lalev family. The Torah says that G-d especially hears the prayers of orphans and widows.Let our precious girls advocate for you this Elul in preparation for the New Year and a new beginning.

Lev Lalev provides physical, emotional, educational and spiritual support to young Israeli girls who come from homes that have been obliterated. We give the girls a warm home, a wonderful extended family, and hope for the future. Through extensive and personalized mental health intervention, our girls heal and over time become productive members of the Israel community. After graduation, many of our girls become involved in social work, counseling, nursing, or other medical related occupations. This is no accident, as the girls have a keen sense of self and want to help others as they themselves have been helped. It is for this reason that our girls are anxious to pray for others. It says: Do onto others as you would like them to do for you. This is an insight that the girls carry throughout their years at the orphanage. Praying at the Kotel has special meaning to our girls as they pray for others.

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