The shluchim in the holy city of Chevron are spearheading an ‘adopt a soldier’ program with a double goal; show appreciation to the soldiers, and support local businesses hard-hit by COVID-19.
By Anash.org reporter
One falafel, two mitzvos.
Chabad of Chevron, led by Shliach Rabbi Danny Cohen, launched a ‘adopt a soldier’ program with a double goal; show appreciation to the soldiers, and support local businesses hard-hit by COVID-19.
Shliach Rabbi Mordechai Hellinger told Anash.org that the project was created due to the almost total stop of visitors to Me’aras Hamachpela and Chevron.
“We are used to receiving thousands of visitors every month. That all screeched to a halt during the coronavirus pandemic,” he said. “Many visitors would stop in local restaurants for a meal, which serve as a source of income for many local residents.”
“Visitors would also buy pies of pizza or lunch for the soldiers who stand on guard, assuring Jewish rights to this second most holy city. Now, with no visitors, the local stores are hurting, and the soldiers aren’t receiving the appreciation they deserve,” he said.
To fill both those needs, the shluchim launched the project, buying falafel for the soldiers from local restaurants. The program was launched on Thursday, marked in Israel as ‘National Falafel Day.’
“The brave men and women of the IDF work day and night to protect the Holy Land of Eretz Yisroel. What better way is there to show your support than with sending love in the form of falafel, Israel’s national food,” said the shluchim.
To adopt a soldier, visit Chabadhebron.com/falafel