After a brief visit to the U.S., Rabbi Eckstein arrived back in Israel earlier this week. His mission was to visit the south to assess the situation and hear the needs of the people. His visit began at the central command post in Be’er Sheva, where he spoke with the mayor about the need for more shelters to protect the community’s citizens.
Marta is an 84-year-old immigrant from the former Soviet Union. She lives alone and has great difficulty leaving her home. When the Fellowship volunteers knock on her door to bring prepared meals for the next week, they’re greeted by Marta’s cousin Natalya, who has been doing her best to help Marta during these difficult days.
On the eve of Rabbi Eckstein's visit to southern Israel, we received this update from Fellowship-supported Soroka Medical Center:
The Ben-Nahims were sitting in their Paris apartment at 10:30 P.M. on Sunday night when an Israeli embassy official called to notify them that their son, Gabriel, had been wounded in action in Gaza. An hour later, they were on board a flight to Israel.
A day after his trip to rocket-weary southern Israel, Rabbi Eckstein asks for your prayers for the people of the Holy Land.
Eighty-two-year-old Geula is suffering both mentally and physically during Operation Protective Edge. She recently broke her hip and needs to have an operation, but the hospital is in emergency mode and she will have to wait a bit longer for her operation.
In the meantime she is confined to a wheelchair. Although Geula has a protected room in her home, she is unable to go down the four stairs that lead to the room. When a siren sounds, she stays in her living room and prays.