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Links of the Month: Children, children, children – Chasiya Freilich July 28, 2010

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Camp Simcha

This charity is based in the UK and in America. They are there to help children who suffer from various illnesses. They provide activities for the summer. They take the kids on outings and they have a retreat once a year for families. Each summer they have a sleep-away camp in America with trained helpers for the kids and all sorts of activities.


This is a school in London  for children who are learning disabled. They also provide a number of other services, catering for the children’s needs at every stage.  They also have residential services and employment offices.  They have a print shop and a bicycle shop as well. The kids themselves work there. The money they raise goes to the organisation.

Chai Lifeline

This is a charity that helps families of children who are seriously ill in a number of ways. They try to bring joy into their lives.  They also educate people in the Jewish community to care and understand what these families go through. Chai Lifeline provides food for people in hospitals, and transportation for families.


This is a centre that helps with the advancement and rehabilitation of disabled children in Israel. They run a number of residential care homes for children with severe disabilities, providing them with the very best in care and education, and specially designed facilities for therapies and fun.


The Run of the Immigrant Danino – Natan Alterman July 25, 2010

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David Danino’s file states that he is not capable of physical labour. The doctor has been told that he has a slight limp. The doctor asks Danino to run a few steps forward and back. Danino understands that this is a matter of life and death. He jumps forward more energetically than is quite necessarily and strains to prove that he walks and runs well. He then comes back and stands before the doctor, a mute expression in his eyes. The doctor judges that Danino’s defect does not disqualify him. In the hall, decorated with pictures of the king and with Moroccan flags, the families that have been disqualified are crying with audible sobs. The families that have been accepted for aliya disperse quietly, with confidence. Eager for the great future that lies before them.  – S. Tevet, Ha’Aretz.

Yes, this item too will not be lost.
This too is not forgotten.
A page of silence and of shame.
The page of the disgrace
of a father who jumped, jumped
and ran, as his children looked on, stunned.

The page of the disgrace
of a father whom the great Return to Zion
commanded to jump, and he,
in his little circle,
ran, ran, and in his heart
a prayer to God Almighty,
to help him not to feel
the aching in his leg…

And God Almighty heard him!
And so God said to him:
Run, run, servant Danino…
Run, thou shalt not stumble.
I am with thee!
If this be a law unto Israel
then we shall overcome it,
thou and I!

Run, run, servant Danino…
I am a help unto thee…
Run, run and fear thee not.
And I shall hide thy blemish.
And yet I shall not hide
the insult of My people’s resurrection,
the radiance of which
now glimmers in thy tear.


The poet Natan Alterman ran his “Seventh Column” in the popular journal Davar during the 50’s and 60’s in Israel. The column was a poetic commentary on items in the news, including some which may otherwise have passed with little public comment. Here, writing in 1955, Alterman takes note of the discriminatory immigration policy used in ‘selecting’ which Moroccan Jews could make use of the Law of Return. Translation: Jessica Sacks.