Everyone revels in the joy of a Jewish wedding. A Jewish wedding celebrates the beginning of a precious Jewish family, a family that will enlighten the world with more mitzvos and with children, im yirtzeh Hashem, who will pass on the link in the golden chain of our holy heritage
But to the great dismay of our people, the orphan without a father or mother to celebrate the happiest day of her life, families struck by poverty, children of our hard-working shluchim and families without any assistance for the kind of wedding that befits a bas Yisroel are at risk of starting their precious marriages without the wedding they dreamed of and the material needs required of a Jewish and kosher home.
You participate in the mitzvah of hachnosas kallah by helping us set up hundreds of these needy kallahs in their new homes year after year, and for contributing the bricks to their binyan adei ad. To bring joy and peace of mind to our kallahs, Ten Yad ensures that every destitute kallah is provided with a gorgeous bridal gown, a beautifully styled sheitel, and all the essentials of starting a Jewish home, including two sets of quality dishes, flatware, and pots and pans; towels, linens, pillows and blankets and a stipend toward her trousseau
About 40 years ago, a group of students from Beis Rivkah Seminary had a dilemma: what to give the Lubavitcher Rebbe and Rebbetzin on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. The girls sent a beautiful card to the Rebbe and Rebbetzin informing them that in honor of their anniversary, they would be collecting classmates’ maaser money to be used for the mitzvah of hachnosas kallah. The Rebbetzin took a strong personal interest in Ten Yad’s activities in support of her precious “daughters” on their wedding day. In 5749 (1989), after the Rebbetzin’s passing on Chof Beis Shvat, Ten Yad was rededicated to her memory.
As we approach the Rebbetzin’s yahrtzeit, consider the great opportunity and privilege of giving an aliyah to the Rebbetzin’s neshamah by contributing to Ten Yad in her memory.
“It is proper that gifts be given to charity in multiples of 470, the numerical equivalent of the Rebbetzin’s name. ‘May those who lie in the dust arise and sing,’ with the coming of the complete and ultimate Redemption; may it be in the immediate future… Whoever increases in all the above is even more praiseworthy not only giving 470 small coins… but large coins.” (Likkutei Sichos, 22 Shevat, 5750)