The Fifth Question

Hundreds of survivors from Arab villages and from missionaries will this year sit at a Seder table, some for the first time, after being rescued this year by Yad L'Achim.


Their children, numbering more than 650, will be able to ask the Four Questions, eat Matzah and feel part of the Jewish people on a night that symbolizes redemption.


Most of the women and children will participate in communal Sedarim throughout Israel arranged by Yad L'Achim. Dozens of others will be hosted by families who responded to Yad L'Achim's request that they open their homes to women & children who endured a terrible ordeal and who are looking to return to Judaism.


The communal Sedarim will be led by leaders of Yad L’Achim who play an active role in the survivors' rehabilitation throughout the year.

While this past year saw a wave of activity on behalf of Jewish women and children trapped in Arab villages, it will be remembered mainly for the heroic rescue in Gaza, in which a Jewish mother and her four children were returned to the Jewish people.


The women and her children, who will join other survivors at the Seder table, have made great strides in Judaism since their escape, thanks to the efforts of Yad L'Achim.


For these women and children, there will be a fifth question this year: What is different about this year, that we are sitting here, together with fellow Jews, as free people, happy, content, and having all our needs met? What is different about this night that we are here, experiencing no fear, and reclining like royalty?


Meanwhile, it was reported that the Kimchah D'Pischa launched by Yad L’Achim on behalf of survivor families was met with great success, drawing support from wide swathes of the public.


Yad L'Achim chairman Rav Shalom Dov Lifschitz said this week that alongside the joy at seeing so many survivors sitting this year at the Seder table, "we have an obligation to remember all those mothers and children who are still in captivity."


Rav Lifschitz added that on the night of the Seder, when we open the door and say Shefoch Chamascha, it is an opportunity to beseech the Almighty on behalf of the women who are still cut off from the Jewish people.

"When they open the door, the survivors will remember the fateful moment in which the door was opened before them and their children, when they went out to freedom.


"It is incumbent upon us all, at this time, to ask G-d, in His great mercy, to redeem the mothers and children from the Arab villages; that next year, they too, should merit to celebrate Pesach among the Jewish people, to partake from the sacrifices and the Korban Pesach."


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