The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 2 July 2005 / 25 Sivan 5765

Furniture After the Fire

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

A couple of months ago a fire destroyed the home of the Ochana family in the northern city of Kiryat Ata, claiming the life of one of the children and seriously wounding the other.

This tragedy pulled at the heartstrings of everyone in Israel. While nothing could be done in regard to the bereavement and physical suffering, there was something that could be done to enable the surviving family members to return to their apartment after all their belongings had been reduced to ashes.

The Association of Furniture Manufacturers sent out an SOS appeal to its members asking them to contribute some of their products to the Ochana home. One company quickly responded with new beds, another with closets and others with complete kitchen and dining room sets. The Ocahanas were able to leave the hospital and enter a newly furnished home which offered some important relief from their agony.

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