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The Snake in the Wall
Talmud, Shabbat 156b



Rabbi Akiva had a daughter. But astrologers said to him, “On the day she enters the bridal chamber, a snake will bite her and she will die.”
On the night of her marriage, she removed a brooch and stuck it into the wall. When she pulled it out the following morning, a poisonous snake came trailing after it; the pin had penetrated into the eye of the serpent.
“Was there anything special that you did yesterday?” her father asked her.
“A poor man came to our door in the evening,” she replied. “Everybody was busy at the banquet, and there was none to attend to him. So I took the portion of food which was given to me, and gave it to him.”
Thereupon Rabbi Akiva went out and declared: “Charity delivers from death.1 And not just from an unnatural death, but from death itself.”
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189,000 Holocaust Survivors Are Living In Israel, 24% Below The Poverty Line

39 percent of the survivors reported this year that their income does not allow them to live in dignity

189 thousand Holocaust survivors are living in Israel today, of whom 45 thousand are below the poverty line, according to the annual report of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel published in advance of Holocaust Remembrance Day.
According to the report, last year the economic situation of the survivors has been on the decline, as 30 percent of them reported that they had to give up some food items, and 25 percent gave up medications and medical care due to their financial situation.
39 percent of the survivors reported this year that their income does not allow them to live in dignity, compared with only 31 percent last year. In addition, 67 percent said that they are upset or disturbed by their future economic situation, an increase of 7 percent compared with 2014.
Other problems raised in the report are that 27 percent of the survivors say they had been unable to heat their homes during the past winter, 73 percent suffer from health problems, 20 percent do not feel safe in their homes and 45 percent feel lonely most of the time or from time to time.
Out of 189 thousand survivors, 66 percent are women and 33 percent live alone and have to get by on their own. In the past year, the foundation took care of approximately 194 thousand inquiries from survivors.
Every day about 40 Holocaust survivors die, about 14,200 annually.
Over the years, the state has been recognizing additional elderly as Holocaust survivors, and the Claims Conference recognize them as eligible for assistance.
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The Jewish National Charity  would like to wish everyone a Happy Passover
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 " If there is among you a poor man... you shall open your hand to him and shall lend him enough for his needs that he lacks"
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