Rav Yechiel Abuchatzeira will daven for you at the resting place of the holy tanna Rav Yonason ben Uziel on the 15th of Av! For those who haven’t yet merited to find their zivug (match), Amuka isn’t just a place, it’s an extraordinary opportunity to have their prayers answered, especially on the auspicious day of Tu B’Av.
“There were no better days for the Jewish people than the 15th of Av,” says the Talmud. On this day, the young women of Jerusalem would go out dressed in their white finery and dance in vineyards, in a courtship ritual that led to marriage.
This year, Rav Yechiel Abuchatzeira, scion to a family of renowned kabbalists, will once again be going to Amuka on the 15th of Av—which this year falls out on August 11—on behalf of Yad L’Achim, to lead a tefillah of the masses. The rav, who is also the chief rabbi of Ramle, will read from a list of names given over to Yad L’Achim and immerse in heartfelt prayer for each individual by name.
Many of those who participated in last year’s event have reported seeing positive results.
The event, which is shrouded in an aura of holiness and reverence, begins with Minchah, as it says, “Eliyahu was answered only at Minchah.” Afterwards, Rav Abuchatzeira will lead the crowd in the recitation of seder hatikkun.
The rav will then take out a shofar that is 150 years old, an inheritance from his grandfather, the admor Rabi Massoud Abuchatzeira, who received it from his father, the Abir Yaakov. Rabi Massoud is the father of the Baba Sali and of the rav’s father, the Baba Chaki. Before blowing it, the rav will ask those assembled to have kavanah that the prayers they offer on behalf of men and women in need of a shidduch will be answered quickly.
The admor will ascend the roof of the holy tziyun and circle it seven times, holding lists of those who have donated to the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim. He will recite relevant chapters of Tehillim and again blow the shofar, followed by the recitation of the moving Ana BeKo’ach prayer.
Rav Abuchatzeira will then enter the tziyun, and after spending long minutes lighting candles, will begin reading the names of those in need of shidduchim, carefully enunciating each one in a heartfelt plea.
At the conclusion of the tefillah, Rav Abuchatzeira davens: “Let it be His Will that our tefillot are accepted by the Holy Throne, and the donors whose names we read now will merit mercy and salvation and to quickly establish a bayit ne’eman b’Yisrael, among all of Klal Yisrael in need of a yeshuah.”
The tomb of R’ Yonason ben Uziel has special meaning for this cause, as the great tanna, who studied under Hillel the Elder and wrote Targum Yonason, was believed to have never married and understands the pain of those who are single and the importance of pleading on their behalf.
The Gemara says that he was so holy that if “a bird flew over his head when he was learning, it would be burnt up.”
A donation to this unique project does more than give the child, sibling, or friend in need of a shidduch an opportunity to benefit from a proven segulah. It is the fulfillment of the mitzvah of pidyon shvuyim, of which the Rambam states, “There is no greater mitzvah.”
To participate, call Yad L’Achim at 866-923-5224 or submit your names at www.yadlachim.org. ϖ