A few years after making Aliyah, I found that many people, here
in Tzfat were suffering severe emotional and financial difficulties.
Some of the situations I found were impossible to believe. Here
in modern day Israel were people who had worked for years to create
a good life for their families and suddenly found themselves trying
to live off a pittance.
I found families who, because of financial breakdown or due to
health problems or resulting from the war or because of the paucity
of government support, who had spent months with no electricity,
had no food for Shabbat unless it was gifted from neighbors, no
telephone, children with no shoes, and other heart rending situations.
It's always been my motto that "if one sees a need, he must
consider himself elected."
My response to this situation was to create a one man non-profit,
Aitza L'Chaim (Advice for Life), to help them with advice on their
personal problems and to receive & distribute donations for
people in Tzfat, with financial, health & employment troubles.