Dear friend of Hope for Israel,
Soon enough summer will be ending and autumn will be here before we know it. With it comes cooler weather, kids starting a new school year and the celebration of the Fall Feasts in Israel. The first of the Fall Feasts is the Jewish New Year, also called Rosh Hashanah, which takes place on Tishrei 1 (the first day of the first month on the Jewish calendar). This year Rosh Hashanah lands on the eve of September 13th and carries on until the eve of the 15th.
The New Year is consecrated as a day of rest and ushered in by the blowing of the shofar, in accordance with the law given by God in Leviticus 23:24-25 and Numbers 29:1-2. It is also a time of reflection on the past year and toasting to the coming year. Families typically celebrate by gathering together for a large festive meal spread full of delicious foods. As a tradition to welcome the “sweetness” of a New Year, every one makes sure to eat apples dipped in honey.
Rosh Hashanah is the first of many Jewish holidays that are celebrated around the table with immediate and extended family and friends. However, there are many families in Israel that because of their financial struggles are unable to contribute to such a large feast, thus making the holiday a bitter beginning rather than a sweet one.
This is why Hope for Israel is dedicated to providing food packages to families in financial strain year after year with our project Operation Hesed (Grace). Thanks to friends and partners like you who are also dedicated to giving year after year, we are able to increase the number of food packages that we can send. This year, our goal is to send 1,500 care packages to bless families with the basic foods items needed to stock their kitchen for the holidays. This is our greatest number of packages that we’ve set out to give during Rosh Hashanah thus far.
We are writing you today to ask if you would prayerfully consider partnering with us in Operation Hesed. These 1,500 families have been sent to us through a pre-approved list that is verified by the Social Services in Israel. We know that these families do not receive help from any other place. It is our desire that we can sow the love of God into the lives of these families. We want to be of practical service to the people in the Land in hopes that they will come to know the Messiah.
On behalf of the people of Israel, the families receiving the gifts, and the family at HFI, we deeply appreciate your continued partnership and friendship with Hope for Israel and we pray that you will be blessed during this High Holiday season. L’shanah tovah – Happy New Year!
In His Service from Jerusalem,
You can partner with us by donating online here or by sending a check payable to:
Hope For Israel
925 N Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32953-4559
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