Education is the seed of opportunity, particularly for desperately poor children living in Eretz Israel
Maor Israel

Win-Win Partnership

Two brothers, Issachar and Zevulun, a'h, created a very beneficial and rewarding partnership, one that would endure their lifetime. Zevulun, talented in business skills, provided the material needs for him and his brother, while Issachar, who was a prolific Torah scholar, spent his days immersed in prayer and study, for both his and his brother’s families. This special pact allowed Zevulun to furnish Issachar with financial support, while Issachar’s teachings and merit was bestowed upon his brother.

The Rama, zs'kl, writes that when one supports someone else who is studying Torah, "it is considered as if he had studied himself. And a person can make a condition with his partner will study Torah and he will provide him with a livelihood, and they will then split the reward..."

Together they succeed. Together they unite. Together they serve G-d equally.

If you would like to partake in this relationship and make a contribution to Yeshiva Maor Israel, we would be happy to arrange a learning session on your behalf or for the memory of a loved one or for any other beneficial purpose. You too can benefit further in terms of Parnassah, finding a Shidduch (marriage partner), or receiving a Refuah Shlema (healing from a sickness). Join our partner program today. Help a Torah scholar and be blessed yourself.

We invite you to join Maor Israel as a partner and receive the tremendous benefits, blessings and merit of being a modern day Zevulun.

Please review the different partnership levels and start collecting your rewards. Your name or the name of the person you are benefitting will be prominently displayed.

One Session Torah Learning: $26

One Day Torah Learning: $52

One Week (6 days) Torah Learning:$260

One month of Torah Learning: $720

Whoever Saves a Single Life...

Erev Rosh Hashana

Holidays is a time to be with the family. Everyone is sitting around the holiday table in new clothings, and all are excited and happy. That's the way it's meant to be...

But there are families where a child is sad and is crying. He cannot understand why everyone is so happy when he is feeling so miserable. He misbehaved in shul and people berated him. On the way home from shul, his father and brothers totally ignored him as if he didn't exist. He is always lonely. He doesn't mean to bother others, he wants to be like Yossi or Dovid. They stand next to their father and pray so beautiful. Why can't he?

There are children that are unhappy and as a result, they bother others. These children suffer emotionally and need professional treatment. These children learn in Yeshivot but in reality, are only bothering others and no one is helping them. No teacher or Rebbe has nachat (pleasure) from them.

There is no child that is miserable unless he is in the wrong atmosphere and doesn't receive the special education he needs.

Talmud Torah Maor Israel was established at the request of the Baba Sali, z'skl. This Yeshiva was established for children who need special education. It's the only Yeshiva in the whole city of Yerushalayim that caters to the needs of its students, including kids diagnosed with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities as well as low self-esteem, academic underachievement, and family conflict.

The Yeshiva has a large professional staff to provide the necessary range of services to the students. Learning in a therapeutic environment, attending an individually paced yeshiva designed for success, participating in individual and group therapy, and involvement in a life-changing Yeshiva Program, allows Maor Israel students to experience success and rediscover a sense of self worth.

Many parents come to Maor Israel Talmud Torah after all other yeshivas for their child had failed. This is a common experience. Many children with special needs are being pushed out of yeshivas because the system is unable to accommodate their learning styles. After a few months at Maor Israel, the child's confidence returns and is capable to learn. Finally, the family see light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

Maor Israel is a non-profit and non-government school that receive no financial support from the government. The cost of each student is very high and and it runs on very limited resources mainly through donations. Because of lack of finances, there are approximately 20 students that are on the waiting list and are home because no yeshiva will accept them.

We are turning to you. Please help us to accept new children into our Talmud Torah.
כל המציל נפש אחת מישראל כאילו הציל עולם מלא
"Whoever saves a single life is as if he had saved an entire universe."

Wishing you a Shana Tova Umetukah - a good and sweet year.
May You be Inscribed In The Book Of Life.

Harav Asher Haziza

Maor Israel

The Baba Sali or "Praying Father," Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira zs'kl, began the Maor Israel Yeshiva. He wanted to establish a unique yeshiva in Yerushalayim for boys from broken homes. Maor Israel is now run by his grandson, HaGaon Rabbi Busso Moshe Shlita and Rabbanit Nechama.

Maor Israel is a non-profit and non-government school that receive no financial support from the government. The school's facilities are very lacking and runs on very limited resources support them substantially through financial donations.

Maor Israel is struggling to provide all students with equal access to a good education. The school is plagued with missing or outdated textbooks, underpaid teachers and dilapidated facilities.

Education is the seed of opportunity, particularly for desperately poor children living in Eretz Israel.

Tzedakah has always been the hallmark of the Jewish people. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson, zsk'l, says about Judaism "Everything in the world belongs ultimately to HaShem. A person's possessions are entrusted to him by HKB'H, and one of the conditions of that trust is that he should give to those who are in need. We are instructed to act towards others as we would want the Creator of the World to act towards us. Just as we ask HaShem for blessings, though HaShem owes us nothing and is under no obligation, so we are bound in justice to give to those who ask, even though we are in no way in their debt. When we give freely, HaShem gives freely to us."

The late Rabbi Pinchas Peli of Jerusalem, zs'kl, told the following story to illustrate this point. In an army morning roll call, each recruit was to answer to the shout of his name. The corporal called out "Kelly," and "Here" was the response. "Armstrong." "Here." Next came Private Cohen's turn. "Cohen." Being habituated to charity appeals so often in his life, Private Cohen yelled out "Twenty-five dollars."

The Tur wrote in his introduction to the Laws of Tzedakah the following: "Never allow your mind to entertain the perverse thought, 'I can't afford to give Tzedakah to others, it will diminish what I have for myself!' Because one must never forget that his money does not belong to him in the first place – it all belongs to HaShem, Who has temporarily deposited His money with you for safekeeping. When a poor person asks for help it is as if HaShem is requesting you to pay out His money into the hand of this needy representative."

Prophet Isaiah, zsk'l, says: It is to share your bread with the hungry, and to take the wretched poor into your home; when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to ignore your own kin. (Isaiah 58:7)

When one of the Reichman brothers passed away, he left 1 billion dollars. He left two wills, directing that one be opened immediately and the second be opened at the Sh'loshim (after 30 days). Among the instructions left in the first will was a request the he be buried with a certain pair of socks that he owned. The Reichman children immediately brought the socks to the Chevra Kadisha (the group that prepares the body), requesting that their father be buried in them. Of course, the Chevra Kadisha refused, reminding the family that it is against the Halacha (Jewish law). They pleaded, explaining that their father was a very pious and learned man, and he obviously had a very good reason to make this request. The Chevra Kadisha remained firm in their refusal. The family frantically summoned the Chevra Kadisha to the Beit Din (Jewish court), where the Rabbi gently explained to them, "Although your father left that request when he was on this world, now that he's in the world of truth, he surely understands that it is in his best interests to be buried without his socks. Thus, Mr. Reichman was buried without his socks.

Thirty days later, the second will was opened, and it read; "My dear children. By now, you must have buried me without my socks. I wanted you to truly understand that a man can have 1 billion dollars, but in the end, he cannot even take along one pair of socks!

In 1981, the Tzaddik Rabbi Israel Abuchazera called his daughter Rabbanit Avigail Tichye and son-in-law, HaGaon Rabbi David Busso Shlita and commanded them to open a Yeshiva (Talmud Torah) to help children from troubled homes and strengthen them in Yiddishkeit. A year later, Rabbanit Avigail and her husband opened Maor Yisrael, naming the Yeshiva after the Tzaddik Rabbi Israel Abuchazera; in his zchut (merit), HaShem will light up the eyes of the children of Israel.

Since then, the grandchildren of the Baba Sali continue to upkeep the Yeshiva physically, financially, and spiritually. This investment is very large and the Rabbanit cooks daily for the 100 students lunch. The Yeshiva has about 20 teachers which includes: Teachers, counsellors, psychologists, and guidance counsellors. The Yeshiva also has additional afternoon learning hours so the children will not walk the streets and get into trouble. Rav HaGaon Moshe Busso Shlita, the grandson of the Baba Sali, continues to fulfill his grandfather's wishes but they need your help.

Here's is your chance to indulge in the satisfaction of giving. Donate now to support Maor Israel's response to children in need... We welcome all levels of donation, whether it's a one-time gift or a monthly donation.

Whomever donates to this worthy cause can send his name for blessings and prayers and HaRav HaGaon Moshe Busso Shlita, the grandson of the Baba Sali, will personally pray for you at the Tzion of the revered Baba Sali.