Special appeal: Building a family against the odds

May 16, 2016  

Yitta Miriam, 26, is one of the ten siblings. A granddaughter of the late Rabbi Shmuel Wosner – one of the leading haredi rabbis of his generation – she has clearly inherited her ancestor’s perseverance and faith.  

Like any birth of a child, her arrival brought joy and light into the world. However, her birth was tragically complicated; born in the 5th month of pregnancy, one of Yitta Miriam’s arms and both of her legs were paralyzed. Over the years she and her family have tried many different treatments but none have been effective. To this day she is wheelchair-bound.

However, in the face of this adversity, Yitta Miriam has remained strong, making a life for herself and working in the Jerusalem city municipality. The one thing she has most yearned for, however, is the chance to build find her soulmate and build a home and family of her own. Family and friends recount that her siddur’s pages are blurred and wrinkled from years of her tears, praying for her bashert.

Finally, that day has come. Yitta Miriam met her soulmate and is engaged to be married in Jerusalem. Her fiance, an orphan, is not disabled, and has committed to being her partner in life and helping her to get through daily life.

However, with the price of medical treatments and many children on one side, and no parents on the other, their finances are extremely modest to say the least.

Between a stipend from the Israeli government and a special foundation set up by Kupat Ha’ir in Yitta Miriam’s name, the couple have begun to prepare. But with only months to go, they have nowhere to go home to after the wedding.

You can change that. An appeal had been launched to help this brave couple build a life for themselves. As of publishing, more than $32,000 of the fund’s $100,000 goal has been raised – and they need your help.

To donate to the fund, click here.

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