Dear Friends, Posting #174
From the joy of Chol Hamoed Succot (the intermediate days of the Feast of Tabernacles), Israel was brutally attacked by an army of Hamas terrorists on Shabbat / Simchat Torah at the end of the festival when the population was occupied in prayer.
It was an attack by barbarians who cut down and butchered hundreds of civilians in cold blood, as well as taking hostages including bewildered toddlers and aged adults. The Jewish civilian population of Israel has responded with all manner of support--some of which could not be imagined by other countries. One such example I stumbled across today. A few residents of the Beit Shemesh suburb of Ramat Shilo got together to give our soldiers a spiritual lift by creating four-cornered shirts with "fringes" for gifting to soldiers who don't have them.
Tzitzit or Tzitzis (Hebrew: ציצית) are fringes worn by Jews on the corners of four-cornered garments, including the Tallit (prayer shawl) and Tallit Katan. Since they are considered by Orthodox tradition to be a time-bound commandment, they are worn only by men. (Courtesy Halachipedia)
Most of the shots in the Torah study hall (Beit Medrash) are of volunteers making/tying the tzitziot to army shirts, and senior personnel checking their correctness. In a separated section of the hall, women and girls are sizing, packing, and labelling the completed garments with warm blessings for the recipients. Most of the volunteers are boys and girls off from school because of the war. A couple are fathers of sons who are serving in the army. There are also shots of a policeman and his wife who heard about this project and came to acquire tzitziot for their son who is serving in the IDF.
If you are a resident of Ramat Beit Shemesh and would like to help, join the WhatsApp group
קשירת ציציות לחיילים בישיבת אהבת ישראל בית שמש