Monday, March 13, 2017

Shifrah and Puah of Monsey

Dear Anash Member,

For many years our community has provided nourishing meals for kimpeturin (mothers of newborn children). The Monsey Lubavitch community has קע״ה grown, and so have our opportunities to expand these activities.  פרשת שמות tells us of the Jewish midwives’ decision to help nurture and sustain all newborn babies. Studies have shown, and we know from practical experience that mothers, regardless of financial status, recover more quickly and happily when they have the benefit of a support system. "The Rebbe also said not to differentiate between the wealthy and the needy; otherwise the latter will be embarrassed to accept the help. If they know that even wealthy new mothers accept the same type of help, they will accept the assistance with a feeling of dignity." (Rabbi Hodakov to Rabbi Maidanchik upon the founding of Shifra U’Puah in Kfar Chabad, 1976)

Girls in grades 8 - 12 are being called upon to give home help to new mothers. Every girl who gives חסד hours will receive a gift certificate from a local business for their efforts. We are also collecting funds to give additional financial assistance to families in need of extra help. A tax-deductible donation can be made to Congregation Tzemach Tzedek. Please write “Shifra & Puah” in the memo line and send to Karen Schild, 27 Fessler Drive, Spring Valley, NY 10977. To donate by credit card contact Rochel Litzman at (845) 222-4824. For the amount of a weeknight dinner or babysitter your generosity will enable mothers recovering from birth to receive the assistance that they need.

Tizku l’mitzvos!

Karen Schild

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