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"I'm Moved and Full of Tears of Joy in Light of This Special Grant"

scene aftermath of a terror attack with scissors at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem

During this wave of terror, grants supplied by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) help comfort terror victims while they rest and recover from their terrible injuries. And each time an IFCJ volunteer drops off a check, the victims feel so blessed that there are people around the world who care about Israel.

One victim, Yair, who was recently helped by IFCJ, wrote us a thank you letter after suffering multiple stabbing wounds. He, like so many others, feared for his life as the attacker rushed towards him, and he knows firsthand how threatening terror attacks are to the people of Israel. In the following letter, he expresses his deep gratitude and wants to thank IFCJ for our continued support:

To The Fellowship,

My name is Yair. 

On Oct. 13, 2015, I was attacked and stabbed by a terrorist from East Jerusalem, while I was waiting at the bus stop. I had stab wounds all over my body.   

At that moment, the thought that crossed my mind was what could I do in order to save the mother and two children who were waiting with me at the bus stop?  I didn't want the terrorist to slaughter the small toddlers. I'm happy that the Almighty was with me, and helped me handle that threatening moment. I was taught that all of Israel is responsible for each other!

During this difficult time, as I lay in the hospital and my mind played back those moments of terror, my parents and my family were preparing for my sister's wedding, which took place the next day. It was a moment during which my family was torn between despair and joy; between sadness and pain. It was a moment during which everything was happening at the same time.  While my wife was in her fifth month of pregnancy, I was thinking about what would happen if the child would be born without a father.

On the morning of the terrorist attack, all of my tzitzit (Jewish ritual four-cornered garments with fringes attached) were hanging to dry on the laundry line. I had only one new pair of tzitzit folded in the closet. Then I had the following thought: "Nothing will happen, don't wear them today; save them for the wedding tomorrow.”

In the midst of this dilemma, I said to myself, "No!  This is my custom. This is my personal protection!"

While I was stabbed and waiting for the medics, the tzitzit I was wearing was used as a tourniquet for my stab wounds by the emergency rescue staff.

Rabbi Eckstein, I'm moved and full of tears of joy in light of this special grant that helps my family and me during this difficult moment.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you again for your donation and for your life's work with The Fellowship that you lead. 

I want to thank you on my behalf and on behalf of my family for The Fellowship's assistance.  This isn't something that can be taken for granted.

The Fellowship is a beacon of giving and love. Thank you for your work on behalf of the national strength of the Jewish people.

With great appreciation,


Tags: IFCJ , Crisis and Need

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