By Nosson Gold
Picture this powerful scene: Thousands of Jews from across the globe, united in tefillah for the z’chus of all singles in Klal Yisrael who have not yet found their zivuggim. This momentous occasion will take place on Monday, August 7, on the holy day of Tu B’Av at 10:00 a.m. EST. This special Tu B’Av Together initiative has been spearheaded by the well-known kiruv and rescue organization Yad L’Achim as a z’chus so that the women they rescue will merit finding their bashert. A minyan of talmidei chachamim will be davening in Amuka specifically for the previously submitted names (names can be submitted for free), while simultaneously all of worldwide Jewry will unite in reciting a designated eight chapters of Tehillim.
How did this revolutionary “Tu B’Av Together” initiative come to be? What was the humble story behind this special effort benefiting all singles in Klal Yisrael? This is the story.
Yad L’Achim was founded over 60 years ago by Rav Sholom Dov Lifschitz, zt’l, together with the support of gedolei Yisrael, to help new immigrants arriving in Eretz Yisrael. One of the first kiruv organizations ever created, over the years Yad L’Achim helped with Russian and French immigrants, placing thousands of boys and girls into yeshivas throughout Eretz Yisrael.
After receiving many calls about Jewish women trapped in Arab villages, Yad L’Achim established an entire division dedicated to prevention, as well as the rescue of trapped women and children. Oftentimes, these women are rescued with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing at the time. Furthermore, Yad L’Achim helps rehabilitate them and makes certain they are provided with all the necessary financial, physical, and mental provisions so that they can lead healthy lives. With Hashem’s help, many women who were rescued have married bnei Torah and have established beautiful Jewish homes that will last for generations.
Tefillah For Everyone
For many years, Yad L’Achim would arrange for talmidei chachamim to daven on behalf of these women so that they would merit finding their bashert. Over time, Yad L’Achim began accepting names from Jews throughout the world who wanted the powerful tefillos of the talmidei chachamim for finding a shidduch or other personal requests. Names can always be submitted for tefillah through Yad L’Achim even without a donation, under a policy instituted by Rav Lifschitz, zt’l.
Tu B’Av has been synonymous with shidduchim from the times of Chazal and is mentioned as a joyous day. As it states in Maseches Taanis, “There have never been such good days for Klal Yisrael as Tu B’Av and Yom Kippur.” Therefore, one of the most popular times of the year when people submit their names for tefillah is before Tu B’Av, the 15th day of Av.
Caring For Each Other
From time to time, Yad L’Achim hosts special events featuring speeches by women who were rescued through the help of Yad L’Achim. Other times, the speakers would be people who did the rescuing. After all events, a common occurrence took place: Attendees approached the speaker or Yad L’Achim staff and asked for the names of the rescued women and children. They wanted to daven for them as well as for the overall success of Yad L’Achim. The natural desire of Jews to help other Jews shone through, as they davened for each other. Mi k’amcha Yisrael!
The Jewish people have been connected through tefillah in times of happiness and sorrow. Klal Yisrael have a natural desire to help each other, and one of the great ways is to daven for one another. As Tu B’Av was once again approaching, the initiative was formed to ensure a day of Klal Yisrael united though tefillah.
After consultation with rabbanim and gedolei Yisrael, the Tu B’Av Together initiative was established as a day when we can unite in tefillah for all singles in Klal Yisrael who are in need of shidduchim. A special minyan of talmidei chachamim will be in Amuka all day of Tu B’Av to daven for all the names submitted to Yad L’Achim, and, as noted above, there is no need for a donation in order to submit names. And at the very same time, let’s daven together on Tu B’Av Together. Let us all try to carve out some time from our hectic lives for our brothers and sisters who have not yet found their bashert.
On Monday morning, Tu B’Av (August 7), at 10:00 a.m. EST, Yidden from all stripes of life will daven the following kapitlach: 32, 38, 70, 82, 121, 124, 127, and 128.
It would be wonderful if people would get together, share the message of Tu B’Av Together, and daven for each other on this special day.
Yad L’Achim has established the website www.TubAvTogether.com where people can download the Tehillim for Tu B’Av Together, submit names for tefillah in Amuka, and learn more about this special day. For more information or to submit names, call Yad L’Achim at 1-866-923-5224 or visit www.tubavtogether.com.
It would be a wonderful z’chus for us all if we grab this revolutionary opportunity and widely share the message of Tu B’Av Together and daven for each other on this auspicious day.