Vaad Harabbanim. It’s a household word. It’s a name that inspires respect. It’s a zechus that comes your way at the right time.
It’s a cause you are proud to donate to, it’s an organization you want to support, you are happy that you are part of this monumental undertaking of K’lal Yisrael.
And you know you don’t have to worry about anything.
Your money goes to aniyim hagunim, blessing comes to your home. You don’t have to fuss about it. It’s a simple as that.
A lot of hard work and earnest dedication goes on backstage so that everything runs smoothly and so you don’t need to worry and so the aniyim get what they need when they need it. It’s mesirus nefesh, it’s l’sheim shamayim, it’s ehrlichkeit.
And it’s a lot of little and big events. Here’s just a few of them:
From sunset at the beginning of Rosh Chodesh Elul until the conclusion of Ne’ilah on Yom Kippur, 24/7 non-stop Tefilah,with the participation of the Gedolei Hador shlita.
Tens of thousands of quality clothing items were sold at heavily subsidized prices before the Chagim by Vaad Harabbanim for the benefit of thousands of low-income families throughout Eretz Yisrael.
A father drowned in the Jordan River a month before his daughter’s wedding, trying to save a young child who was caught in the current.
15 orphans. The night of the funeral, Vaad Harabbanim already convened to set up a rescue plan from the survivors.
“Abba is coming back on Motzaei Shabbos!” the five-year-old repeated again and again. But he didn’t come back home. On Sunday there was a levayah, three little orphans crying, not understanding how and what and why. Vaad Harabbanim’s workers did not rest day or night for a week until a rescue plan was set up for them.
Four hours before Rosh Hashanah, at the Kosel Hamaaravi! The Gedolei Hador shlita gathered here to daven for you, dear donor, that Hashem should bless you with the best.
A bride, a malignant illness, a new baby. At Naomi’s engagement party, her father was limping a little. Who would have thought it was a malignant growth that was impeding his movement? Two months later, Chaim Meir was born, and Naomi’s postpartum mother was burdened with caring for an ill husband as well as a new baby. If not for Vaad Harabbanim, Naomi would have gone to the chuppah completely empty-handed.
Erev Yom Kippur, the emissaries of Vaad Harabbanim are running to the various homes of the Gedolei Hador shlita, wherever they live, bringing them the names of the donors, to pray for them at Ne’ilah.
Large-scale assistance in purchasing Arba Minim: large families receive tens of thousands of mehudar sets of lulav and esrog.
Monumental prayer session at Kever Rachel On 11 Cheshvan, the yahrtzeit of Rachel Imeinu, begins a special period of 40 days of tefilah at her kever. This is the time to help Mame Rachel’s poor and impoverished children, and whoever does will be amply rewarded.
His father won’t be at the wedding, either. His mother passed away when he was very young, and his father died suddenly a month before his marriage. Yaakov is pained and in shock. He doesn’t talk to anyone, he barely eats, he hardly sleeps. And he is a chasan. Vaad Harabbanim sprang into action to help him, and it wasn’t easy. It took a lot of effort to get Yaakov happily on his way to the chuppah.
11 young orphans without a mother Hundreds of women would listen eagerly to her words. She became a living example of kabalas yisurim b’ahava. And when she died, she left behind a tremendous vacuum for 11 children. Vaad Harabbanim worked furiously to set up a stable financial basis for the family. You were the ones who helped do it.
Departure of a soul “I will pray for you specially,” the father kisses his son, soon to be bar mitzvah. He was on his way to pray at the tomb of Maran Harav Ovadiah Yosef zatzal. Upon his return, he went to immerse himself in the mikveh, and had a heart attack while in the water. Vaad Harabbanim put in full energy. 13 orphans were at stake, among them a bride and bar mitzvah boy. Thanks to your donations, the celebrations were held respectfully.
Special allocations for the winter season to assist thousands of needy Jews to purchase warm clothing for the cold weather ahead.
17 orphans getting married Vaad Harabbanim undertook to marry off 17 orphans in one month. This was a tremendous undertaking.
Helpless Widow The debts are killing her more than anything. They put some much money into trying to heal, him, to save his life. Vaad Harabbanim met with the creditors, who agreed to spread out the payments. We also paid off certain pressing loans, as well as setting up a fund to help the family with ongoing expenses.
He died over the Gemara Two yungermen stood at the door, biting their tongues. How to tell a fragile, gentle woman like this that her righteous husband died over the Gemara? They could see the faces of the cute little children, the orphans, peeking out from the kitchen. She will have to be both father and mother for the children. We will give them the financial backing they need.
Religious persecution The father left with a slam of the door, and sent “greetings” in the form of lawyer’s letters demanding that the children be taken out of Torah educational institutions and be enrolled in secular public school. Vaad Harabbanim got involved and saved four Jewish children from spiritual death.
Chanukah lighting by the Gedolei Hador The Gedolei Hador dedicate this precious and uplifted moments to the donors of Vaad Harabbanim, who they love dearly. It is moving to see it! At Chanukah time, millions of shekels are distributed to the poor by Vaad Harabbanim – thanks to you!
Zos Chanukah, next to the Kodesh Hakodoshim Leading Kohanim, including Chassidishe Rebbes, Roshei Yeshiva, and other leading Rabbinical figures, all praying for you at the point closest to the Kodesh Hakodoshim. On Zos Chanuka!
Ima, where did you go ?? Mother sent them off to school that morning with a smile. When they came back in the afternoon, they found her lifeless. Vaad Harabbanim put together a committee to help them with all their needs, and set up a fund for them.
The last candle They took the eight young ones to the levayah that morning. They recited Kaddish for their father. The same day, Vaad Harabbanim help a meeting to help them pay off debts and to organize financial support.
Parshas Hamon in Riminov It’s done now every year: Parshas Hamon is recited at the tomb of Rebbe Menachem Mendel, in Riminov, as he is the author of this famous segulah. Afterwards, the emissaries of Vaad Harabbanim mention your names and daven for your abundant parnassah.
20 weddings, 3 Tefilah sessions on Tu b’Shvat Three great men of our generation give a rare gift to those who help with the 20 weddings of yesomim. They are the Rebbe of Rachmestrivka davening at Kever Rachel, Harav Dovid Cohen Rosh Yeshivas Chevron Givas Mordechai davening at the Kosel, and the holy Rav David Abuhazeira praying at Meron.
A 32-year-old yungerman from Mir passed away Terrible tragedy, the oldest of the five orphans is only 11, the youngest is 2. They need a lot of help! Vaad Harabbanim will be with them every day, helping them with what they need – in your zechus!
Ten orphans in shocking poverty “It’s not just because he passed away,” says the kallah tearfully. “Also before, they didn’t buy anything for me. They simply had nothing…” The father died suddenly, and Vaad Harabbanim sprung into action to rescue them. Their poverty was extreme.
Taanis Esther in Iran, at the Kever of Mordechai and Esther This one required very careful logistics, due to the sensitive location. It is not so easy to perform the segulah of the Kav Hayashar on behalf of Vaad Harabbanimin the heart of Iran, by a minyan of Torah-observant Jews, but we did it again, and the merit is all yours.
All Gedolim and community rabbonim give matanos l’evyonim to Vaad Harabbanim, showing the proper way for us all
Funeral on Motzaei Purim We all can see with Purim is coming, with all the joy involved, but the tearing eyes of the orphans at the funeral of their mother right after Purim was a stark contrast to say the least. The Rabbonim instructed the public to help, and Vaad Harabbanim organized it, with your help!
Picture of Father She is walking to her father’s matzeivah. She doesn’t remember him, but she feels his loss poignantly. She has been of marriageable age for a number of years, but she can’t make the next step in life without Vaad Harabbanim’s help, and yours.
Last chance The doctors already said that there is no hope left, and they should prepare themselves. At the last moment, they were offered a brand new treatment, a promising one, but extremely expensive. The Rav turned to Klal Yisrael on their behalf. It will cost $2000 a week, for a period of time, to save this father of eleven. It is your merit.
Pesach is coming Vaad Harabbanim is already organizing tens of thousands of clothing items to be sold at special subsidy throughout Eretz Yisrael.
Kimcha d’Pischa distribution The Gedolei Hador shlita point to Vaad Harabbanim as the best and most mehudar way to fulfill the important mitzvah of Kimcha d’Pischa, otherwise known as Ma’os Chitin. This is your chance to fulfill your obligation and rest assured that the right people are receiving your money on the other end.
Rav Chaim Kanievsky shlita reciting the Iggeres Hakodesh on Erev Pesach A few hours before the Seder, Rav Chaim sits down in his clean, scrubbed and chometz-free home to recite this great segulah. It is a minhag brought down in the Seforim. The merit goes to Vaad Harabbanim’s donors!
Wiping out debts and wiping away tears She is sitting at home, crying in front of the picture of her husband z”l, and giant debts left from his illness are choking her and threatening them with total destruction. Vaad Harabbanim organized a gathering to raise support for them, and we wiped out the all the debts.
A brave but ill bride They are rejoicing and worrying at the same time. Will her illness prevent her from building her home? It is a matter of medical treatment, and that is a matter of money. More money than usual. The Jewish people came forward and helped, and now, at last, she is healthy and well.
Kri’as Yam Suf at Amukah At midnight of Shevi’i shel Pesach, the time when Kri’as Yam Suf began, the emissaries of Vaad Harabbanim will be at Amukah, praying for shidduchim. The results are impressive: over 90% got engaged!!
Lag Ba’Omer Now begins a new series of daily tefilos at the tomb of R. Shimon bar Yochai in Meron. This is for the merit of Vaad Harabbanim’s donors.
One of Harav Eliyashiv’s devoted talmidim passes away Three young orphans are sitting on plastic chairs with the legs cut short, their eyes full of tears. The home has not functioned normally for a long time. They need a lot of help to pull out of it and get back to normal life. Vaad Harabbanim is doing everything so it will happen!
Burying one child, marrying off another child It is heartbreaking. The parents are coming back from abroad with the coffin of their child, straight to the wedding of the oldest son. And all they have to bring to the wedding is enormous debts and deep grieving. Vaad Harabbanim went into action to help them.
From years of wandering to marriage Eliyahu is wrapped up on the bench in the shul, and he is cold. His mother has been hospitalized since he was a baby, his father passed away, and he wanders from family to family. He, too, deserves to get married. In your merit, Eliyahu will build his home.
Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan at the Shelah’s tomb in Teveria Chassidishe Rebbes, Roshei Yeshivos, and other outstanding Rabbinical leaders gather at the tomb of the Shelah, to daven for the children of Vaad Harabbanim’s donors. This is the famous Tefilas Hashelah.
Erev Chag Shavu’os: beginning 40 days of tefilah at Beis Hashunamis, segula to have children This is a place known for its segulah. Harav Chaim Kanievsky is known to have send people here to daven for children.
Special convocation of Gedolei Yisrael for the sake of 33 orphans marrying in Sivan This is an enormous number of orphan weddings. It is a very big project. The Rebbe of Rachmestrivka, the Rosh Yeshiva Harav Dovid Cohen, and the great dayyan Naftoli Nussbaum are involved with this great Vaad Harabbanim project.
$100,000 in 48 hours The children did not yet grasp what happened to their father, and they already need to fly him to an emergency operation in Germany that costs $100,000. In a race against the clock Vaad Harabbanim helped raise the full sum and get the money to the hospital. Abba will live!
Orphan baby and big sister Mother passed away a week after giving birth, and four years later, Vaad Harabbanim brought the older sister to the chuppah – representing you!
Father to the operating room and son to the chuppah “Wednesday? he choked on the phone. But that is his wedding day! And that is when his father will be operated on, to remove a growth in his head that was discovered a last week. The operation cannot be pushed off, and the wedding cannot be pushed off. Vaad Harabbanim is on the scene, organizing money for the operation, and helping with the wedding preparations too.
Freshly widowed, and she, too, is ill Before Mother recovered, Father fell ill and passed away. Vaad Harabbanim is offering first aid, planning a recovery program for the broken family, and raising funds for their future needs.
Doesn’t know how to say “Daddy” Seven new orphans have joined the ranks, the youngest is less than a year old. Here, too, Vaad Harabbanim is on the job, to support and organize a financial base for the fatherless family.
Theft at the last moment They came back from the Shabbos Aufruf and found their home upside down and emptied out. All the gifts, clothes, household items purchased for the wedding – everything was gone! Vaad Harabbanim got the community involved to help them get resupplied for the wedding.
Crying for mother, and there is not even a gravestone They long for her, but have no one to long for. Mother is institutionalized without an end-date, the family is falling apart, and the local rabbis called upon Vaad Harabbanim to rescue the children, who are badly in need of a helping and guiding hand. Vaad Harabbanim took on the case.
Praying for a strong back The father of the family tries to move from his bed to the special chair and almost passes out from the pain. A rare back illness is causing him terrible suffering. No doctor in Israel is willing to operate on his problematic spine. Only a specialist in Toronto will take on the case. Vaad Harabbanim helps out, and he flies to Toronto. The children receive a new father.
Countdown The father is hooked up to tubes and it is clear that these are his last days. The mother is unable to turn to other affairs and Avital must organize her wedding on her own. Vaad Harabbanim accompanies the kallah as well as the family in these critical moments.
Small children take leave of Mother They visited Ima in the hospital, they recited Tehillim, and they begged her not to leave them. But it was not meant to be. Hashem called her to her heavenly home. Because they returned from the levayah, Vaad Harabbanim was already on the scene, consoling and assisting.
Apartment completely burned down The smoke stings the eyes, there is nowhere to sleep that night, and no clean clothes in the morning. Vaad Harabbanim finds for them temporary solutions, and enlists friends and relatives in rebuilding the home.
She doesn’t recognize Mother “You look so much alike your mother aleha hashalom, say the aunts, wiping away a hidden tear. Tirtzah shrugs her shoulder, confused. She wants so much for Mother to accompany her to the chuppah, but from now until Techiyas Hameisim, Vaad Harabbanim is with her. We will help her get to the chuppah.
The changing wheel of fortune It’s a sad story about a goodhearted couple who gave large amounts to tzedakah, and now the wheel of fortune spun, and they are in need of help themselves. Vaad Harabbanim helps them, too, with what they need, with respect, sensitivity, and quietly sets up for them a fund to assist them.