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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Will someone please buy their house?

The window of opportunity for them to walk for Israel is quickly fading.

More about this from Me'ir Panim's Newsletter:
Texas residents Shlomo and Chava ben Avraham are putting their home and belongings up for sale, resigning from their jobs, and heading east. The couple will walk the 2,173 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, leaving May 1st and expecting to arrive by October 1st. Their efforts will benefit Meir Panim.

Shlomo and Chava, who are approaching their respective 50th birthdays, felt an urge to do something worthwhile. The Texas Jewish Post quoted Shlomo saying: “We want to make a difference and this seemed like a way to do that, to have meaningful time together and to share an adventure. We both enjoy walking, and when we learned of Meir Panim everything seemed to connect”.

Like Meir Panim, Shlomo and Chava believe that tzedakah can create a bridge of tolerance and understanding among all types of people.

They have already begun intensive training, and plan to walk an average of 16.7 miles each day in order to complete the trail in five months. They will sleep in sleeping bags, in a tent, and hike six days a week, resting on Shabbat.

The couple is hoping, through their walk, to raise $250,000 to purchase five trucks that are in great need by Meir Panim. For more information and updates, visit the couple’s weblog at


At Fri May 11, 03:43:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are they going to fullfill Torah and mitzvot properly while on the trail, segregated from the Jewish commmunity the whole time? Shabbos with kiddush, challot, and candles in a tent? Are they going to plan their hike so they end up near a kosher Minyan on R"H and Y"K? Are they going to buy arba minim and build a sukkah on Sukkot? It seems like encouraging this is lifnei ever, and there are better ways to tzedakah. I sure couldn't think of a rav who would endorse this.

At Fri May 11, 09:27:00 AM 2007, Blogger yaak said...

As I've heard many times, one should be concerned with one's own Ruhniyut, and others' Gashmiyut.
How they will observe Torah and Mitzvot, including those holidays, is up to them, and I'm sure they will find a way to do so. This is not our concern.
The Lifnei Iveir claim is therefore baseless.


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