In her Jerusalem neighborhood, the Rabbanit Bracha Kapach is known as an angel. (though we suspect that description is shared by people throughout the tiny country who know of her work).
We think of her as a one-woman social service organization. Her life is dedicated to mitzvahs and tzedakah and it has been that way since her very first act of chesed, performed while she was still a youngster in her native Yemen. Despite the advancing years, the Rabbanit continues her legendary work – a summer camp for city kids who would otherwise have little distraction from the long hot summer days on Jerusalem’s streets; Passover food for thousands of poor people who might otherwise not be able to enjoy the holiday and its food-focused traditions; daily knocks at her door by people who just cannot provide sufficient food for themselves and their families.
Along with the canned goods, fresh challah, and other basic food, we know that the Rabbanit is always in need of diapers. Yes! Diapers. For many young struggling families, the cost of diapers is just beyond their reach and an extra pack will sometimes make the difference when deciding to use your limited resources to buy food or medicine or the all-important diapers.
The picture above shows the Rabbanit standing on her mirpesset (balcony) at about 7am this past Monday morning, amidst the 40 packages of diapers that we had purchased and delivered to her door. Our friend Shira, who arranged for the delivery, told us how happy the Rabbanit was and how happy her families will be when they learn that she can once again provide this costly but necessary item.
As we suspected, Shira also shared that before she left, the Rabbanit offered her many blessings and even asked her to pass along a few to the Good People Fund and the many donors who made this mitzvah possible.