Known as the most expensive month in the Jewish calendar, impoverished families find the month of Tishrei especially challenging. A new school year, new season, so many chagim, can take a toll even families with average incomes. That’s when families know that R’ Ephraim will not disappoint. As they usher in the Yom Tov in their humble huts, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov recipients enjoy beautiful meals with delicious fish and meat, just like they deserve.
The Succos Chalikeh takes place over 3 days
Over 8,000 pounds of meat and fish are distributed
18 shifts of volunteers take turns manning the operation 24 hours a day.
It was before Yom Kippur when a wealthy man reached out to R’ Ephraim requesting help with Yom Tov food. R’ Ephraim didn’t immediately give him an answer since he needed to verify the person and his situation first.
It was Erev Yom Kippur when R’ Ephraim discovered that the man had indeed lost all his money and was struggling to put food on the table. Instead of waiting until after Yom Tov, R’ Ephraim phoned the man a few minutes before the fast was about to begin, to let him know that he has nothing to worry about. His family will be taken care of for Succos.
The man later recounted that he got the phone call while he was bentching his children. His family broke out in happy tears and walked into Yom Kippur relieved!
“This is the first year there was a peace and calm in our house before Succos. I knew that my family will have everything we need. That made my wife prepare for Yom Tov in a relaxed way. Which automatically filtered through to the kids. This beautiful atmosphere in our house is thanks to you, R’ Ephraim.”
-Yerachmiel, Bnei Brak, Father of 7