Dan’s Note: As I wrote last week, I have no words and no answers for the tragedy in Meron on Lag B’Omer. Or as Rabbi Wagner put it after the terrorist attack in Mumbai, “And nonetheless…it happened.” Why bad things happen to good people is indeed a question as old as time. But threads on the DansDeals Forums have helped unravel what happened and what needs to be done. Some of those DDF threads include:
- Tragedy In Meron!
- How did the Meron tragedy unfold?
- Can we stop posting videos of our bretheren dying?
- Which Overcrowded Spaces Need To Be Fixed?
- Kabbalos For The Korbonos Of Meron
- Tragedy in Meron: Donate to Victims
Just before the tragedy there was a DDF post in a thread on Life Insurance saying “If death was only planned so nicely.” Mere hours later, we learned about the tragedy in Meron. We never know when our time will be up, so the least we can do is make sure our loved ones are provided for by taking out a substantial life insurance policy to cover the unexpected. Hopefully this will become something everyone does when they get married and more coverage can be added as their families grow.
DDF member “HelpMe” is not Jewish, but shared the agony we felt and he offered to match $500 in donations to the families of the Meron victims, which got the ball rolling. I will match $1,800, together with DDF members matching $10,673 of donations made here. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to families in need and there are no fees for this campaign other than the cost of credit card processing.
About the Shomati campaign:
“The Lag B’Omer tragedy in Meron shook us all to our core.
All of us.
Moments like these are ways for Jewish brothers and sisters of all backgrounds to leave our differences aside and come together with one voice.
A voice that says Hashem, Take Us Home.
In moments like this, many of us want to help and with questions such as can we do anything? Do the families need help?
Although we cannot yet evaluate exactly how much aid will be required, we know the financial demands will be significant and we have an opportunity to help these families directly.
To help facilitate a donation to help the affected families TYH partnered with Yad Eliezer to distribute funds directly to the families that need it most.
Yad Eliezer will assign a specific experienced staff member to work as liaisons with each family to determine the specific needs per family, how much assistance they already received, and we will ensure that 100% of the proceeds go directly to the most needed families only.
This will ensure that clear needs will be defined, and Yad Eliezer will be able to effectively provide critical aid to offset expenses to help keep families functioning for the short -term and with long term to be there as a solid source of support for families who are suffering.
• Sponsor aid for Almanos (20 New Almanos) including psychological help for them and their families. $200,000.
• Provide families who’ve lost children, with funds for one-time immediate expenses and ongoing psychological support $100,000.
• Provide “big brothers” and other support for new Yesomim. $100,000.
• Assist individuals who’ve been traumatized or injured with costs associated with physical and mental rehabilitation. $100,000.
Together with the launch of this campaign, we are releasing a song, that is very dear to our heart – Shomati.
Shomati – Take Us Home, is a song we worked on for years and had planned to release next week.
With the events that unfolded last week we took this as a message from HASHEM saying Shomati.
I hear your cries.
Anyone who contributes $1,000 or more will receive their own limited edition of the “Moshiach Suitcase” highlighted in the video (*100% of your contribution will go to the family as a sponsor will cover the costs of the product and shipping.)
HASHEM, the time has come to take us home!
We are ready.”