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Holidays

For families who have lost a loved one to terror or war, or those who have a family member who has been seriously injured, holidays can be a very painful time when they keenly feel the loss and grief.

CTVP provides financial assistance to these families so they can purchase the special foods which are a vital part of the celebration of the various holidays. As well, CTVP ensures that all these families have the special items they need to celebrate the holiday. From Shmura Matzah for pesach, or even honey for Rosh Hashna.

Families are invited to the homes of volunteers for the holidays and large public celebrations are also held by CTVP around Israel so no one is left out.

Prime Minister Bakes Matzah with Victims of Terror at CTVP headquarters in Kfar Chbad

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu Bakes Matzah with Victims of Terror at CTVP headquarters in Kfar Chbad

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On June 21, 2002 Israel soldier Kfir Levy’s Givati unit was operating in the Gaza strip, responding to terrorist rocket strikes and artillery fire, when a rocket-propelled grenade designed for use against armored vehicles and buildings struck him directly in the face.

Known as “Israel’s worst Gaza injury”, Kfir was in a coma for four months, underwent 130 surgeries, is blind in one eye, requires hearing aids, needs mechanical assistance to walk and is paralyzed on his right side.

Last week Kfir got to back Matzah with the Prime Minister of Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu took the time to talk to Kfir and his father Tzion. Kfir told his story and how CTVP was with him from the early days of his injury. The Prime Minister was visibly moved. He told Kfir that the entire nation is proud of him and is with him in his struggles.

The PM quoted the Haggadah, saying: “In every generation, they stand up against us to destroy us, but the Holy One, Blessed be He, saves us from their hands … we celebrate the festival of freedom with faith in the Jewish nation and the G‑d of Israel.”

Prime Minister Praises The Rebbe and Chabad

After the matzah-baking, the prime minister viewed a video of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, speaking about the importance of the Land of Israel. The premier commented, “For me, the Rebbe was an exceptional personality who touched on the eternal fundamental basis of our people, our faith, our land, our birthright, our brethren everywhere, our desire to return to our land. All of these things were sacred for him, and they still ring within me. They were not just words.”

“Every meeting with the Rebbe was like drawing from a well of living waters, literally so,” said Netanyahu. “Not [just] to light the candle of truth, not just to be a light unto the nations, but to be strengthened on the inside. I am sure that your strength will be a source of inspiration for the future as well. I thank you.”

“I know that you will go and celebrate Passover all over the world. I’ve noticed that Chabad does not rest—working 24/7, 365 days a year. All the time. This also warms the heart. Wherever I go in the world, I meet Chabad chassidim, the representatives of the spirit, the love of Jewish people, the nicest side of Judaism. I want to thank you for that as well,” the prime minister concluded.

 

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