On the 11th of Nisan, the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Joseph Caro, it is my custom to visit Tzfat, a city which I love, which thrives on education and on tourism.

With both industries gone haywire, thousands of gainfully employed people in Tzfat have been thrown out of work.

As a result, this year we had only a virtual sojourn to Tzfat.

All of a sudden, as income has disappeared, many people in Tzfat now find that they cannot buy food.

This is not the classic situation of poverty, where someone who is infirm or ill is in need.

Charitable funds are often only raised only for such people

But take Ketivot 67 B, where a “Ben Tovim” is suddenly impoverished, & the burden rests on the community to feed him, in a way that will preserve his dignity.

Yet how do you preserve the dignity of someone who has never asked for help in his life?

Suggestion: Create a discrete food coupon system.

Help people with food coupons, to enable those who have suddenly lost their source of income to shop for food.

Since the effects of the Corona Virus syndrome will last for many months, such a food coupon system would have to last for many months, if not for a year.

The community where we live in has adopted such an idea, and has acquired coupons for the local Rami Levi supermarket.

The community let people know that if you find yourself where you cannot buy food, there is certain respected person whom you can see privately who can provide you with coupon (s) for the local Rami Levi supermarket.

Funds will flow to Tzfat and to every place in the world, to help people in sudden distress.

Every community on earth is affected.

It behooves each city in the world to create a system to provide for those who could never imagine that they would need their community to feed them.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.