Blessings of Arrival – Blessings of Rain

Here much have been lectured about the miracle of Purim by many different, Rabbis. We have been answering and revising questions about the upcoming festival of Purim. We are glad to inform you that all this work has been done in Hebrew. Thanks to Rav Menachem Weinberg. We are looking forward to finishing more text about the complicated verses in the Megilah by Rav Yair Spitz next week. I am very anxious to know the fact King Ahushverosh knew that Esther was Jewish, that is why he chose for a queen. Rav, I can’t wait long to learn that.

Rain DropsWe have a belief in Uganda that when a visitor comes into one’s home and eventually it rains, it is a sign that the visitor has come with a blessing to one’s home. Therefore, the host becomes very happy for the visitor. Now, Rabbi Riskin told us that Moshe and I are blessing to the Yeshiva and  Israel as a whole because our coming resulted into snow which has not occurred  in the past few months. We are thus very grateful. Although this snow has hindered us from traveling to Sfat North of Israel to meet a friend who has invited us for many times since we came, we like it very much. We are so excited!

It is very amazing to meet someone from the same village in a strange country. Last week two friends here, who had been to our village four years ago, abruptly visited us at our Caravan. We had fun together by playing old songs that we sung while they were in Putti. It was such a funny day.

Thank you so much to you all for helping us have this kind of experience in our lives which I pray that everyone in our village should have a chance. Moshe and I are very thankful. Thanks to Rabbi Riskin’s wife Vicky for constantly providing us with warm clothes and shoes. We would not withstand this coldness without your help. I wish you all a happy Purim Festival. It is good to drink but avoid getting very drunk on Purim for you may end up doing bad things.

New Experiences – Most Historical Day in My Life!

Our first week in Israel had us exposed to strange and good things that we have never been into before. We experienced the new and strange cold weather which was only 5 degrees Celsius and had  new food, such as salads, meat, new fruits that isn’t found in our village of Putti. Thursday night, we were served pizza for Dinah. I liked it very much that I can now crave for it. I ate four pieces and kept some that I ate the next morning because the Yeshivah does not have classes on Friday so they do not provide lunch. Evening of our first Shabbat in Israel, we went to Rabbi Ari Greenspan’s house for Dinah. We met his friend , Mr. Baruch with whom they discovered the natural blue ink from a sea shell which they now use to make Techelet for tzitzit. In the morning after prayers, we all moved into Rabbi Riskins house for Shabbath lunch. It was such a beautiful Shabbath  for us! The following Shabbath ( Shmot) we were invited into Tikoa where our teacher , Rav Menachem Wainberg lives. He has a very nice family of four children who are good singers. We had too much fun with his children singing both Ugandan and Israeli Shabbat songs. It was very amazing Shabbat for us. He took us around the village and we were able to view the mountains of Moab. Glad to be here that we can see these holy sites that are written in the Tanach.

We are impressed with how the transport system works here in that you can get a lift from one place to another at zero price. I am so proud to be in a Jewish society like this one. We have invitations every week for a Shabbat meal.  The people here are very friendly. We like the care and hospitality that everyone shows to us.

New ExperiencesLast Sunday ,we (Yeshivat Torat Yosef Hamivtar) went on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem led by Rav Yair Spitz and Rav Menachem Weinberg. Our first stop was to see where the Old City wall of Yerushalayim was during both the first and second temples. Then we moved on towards the “Kardo” where Rav Yair explained to us the layout of Yerushalayim under Roman rule. We took a spiritual break at Beit Knesset HaRamban for mincha, niggunim, and a shiur on Iggeret Haramban by Rav Menachem. Afterwards, we had a guided tour to the recently rebuilt Hurva Synagogue and even saw the discovered mikvaot found underneath the building. Our same guide then showed us around the Kotel Tunnel and we were able to see the newly found rooms discovered only three months ago. As well we had a peek at the shul built opposite the Holy of Hollies. Finally we davened Ma’ariv at the Kotel and headed back home from an exciting tiyul in the Holy City of Yerushalayim. This was the most memorable and Historical day in my life. We had heard stories about the Temple before. Therefore, it was a very special day for me and I pray that my people in Uganda should also get a chance to move here and see how the Western wall was built. Baruch Hashem for bringing me here.

I will be back with more stories. Thank you so much for your support. We really appreciate.