We pray for the safety of our Jewish brethren in Ukraine along with all people in the affected areas. We pray for a peaceful resolution to this conflict. We pray that the people affected have the strength and resources to make it through this trying time. And most of all, we pray for the day when “nations will beat their swords into plowshares … and not learn war anymore.”
There are many Jews in Ukraine. In fact, Chany and I were blessed to visit the various communities in Ukraine and were surprised at the vibrancy! We stayed in Kyiv for Shabbat on two different occasions and know some of the people there. Chany’s classmate, American born Chanie Lipsker Kaminetsky is the Rebbetzin of Dnipropetrovsk, the largest Jewish community in Ukraine. Here is a photo of her center, it is the largest Jewish Center in the world! She and her family are bunkering down at home in Dnipropetrovsk to be there for their community.
Put a few coins into a charity box (or swipe your credit card) for a worthy cause, don tefillin, light Shabbat candles before sunset this Friday, and know that you just introduced a very real point of goodness and kindness into a world that needs it more than ever.
May G‑d protect our Jewish brothers and sisters and anyone in harm’s way.
Rabbi Pesach and Chany Scheiner