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Kupat Ha'ir – The Tzedakah of the Gedolei Hador Kupat Ha'ir is the largest volunteer based charity fund supported by Jews worldwide. Kupat Ha'ir is the lifeline for thousands of needy. With offices in Israel, the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe.
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Hospital Activism

Kupat Ha'ir is active in hospitals, too, working to boost the spirits of sick people and thus hasten their recovery. The medical connection between happiness and recovery has been proven long ago and is uncontested. At Kupat Ha'ir, bastion of chessed, the sick get preferential treatment, too. Many specialists call us to contribute workdays to Kupat Ha'ir as a segulah for parnassah and yeshuah. We're more than happy to enlist their help. Singers perform free shows; musicians come with their instruments to spread joy and good cheer; magicians and jugglers amuse the kids; noted lecturers offer chizuk andsupport. Organizing gatherings at the hospital requires serious logistical planning and coordination, which Kupat Ha'ir contributes willingly. Aside from the chessed involved in gladdening the sick, we see clearly that hospital stays are shortened as a result of our activism, sparing people much heartache, worry and fear. Everyone gains, including Kupat Ha'ir!

True stories
If It Hadn't Happened to Me, I Wouldn't Have Believed It! Z, the father of a child with cancer, R"l, relates:

I was the type of person whose favorite phrase was, "Don't believe everything you hear/read." If I didn't see it for myself, I didn't believe it. An intelligent person checks out the facts before buying into anything, I felt. I shied away from anything that didn't have proven results.

My stay at my son's bedside in the oncology ward undermined my staunch self-confidence. At first, I regarded with scornful skepticism the medical clowns who came to the ward every so often. Of course, I was glad when my son laughed and forgot his pain a little. But was there any real benefit? I doubted it.

But Hashem showed me otherwise. We saw very clearly that on days when my son was in a positive frame of mind, his test results were better. During periods when he was depressed, his test results had us panic-stricken. I began to look around desperately for anything that would make him happy.

And I found Kupat Ha'ir. I was familiar with Kupast Ha'ir from a different prospective. I knew it as an organization that was constantly involved in fundraising. Suddenly, I saw the organization from a new angle. A giving angle. Kupat Ha'ir arranged gatherings for sick people and brought in singers and performers. My son participated with all his heart and soul. I can't tell you how grateful I am. I can't begin to tell you. As a father whose son's life hangs in the balance, I have no words.

Don't go through what I did. Believe from the outset, and most importantly: contribute. Kupat Ha'ir does more than rescue families from poverty; sometimes a contribution to Kupat Ha'ir means the difference between life and death - literally. Acquire that merit for yourself!

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