I received the following email from a friend of Ruti Eastman (Ki Yachol Nuchal). I had never heard of the Shmira Project and it moved me greatly to see how much Klal Yisrael is unified. Please read on and contact them – they are now looking for names of combat soldiers* to give out to the many participants in this great project. *Just first names and names of mothers – no other details are needed or wanted.
You may have heard about the Shmira Project over the course of Operation Amud Anan. www.shmiraproject.com The goal of the Shmira Project is to link active duty combat soldiers – anyone who would consider him/herself a lochem (in any capacity – army, navy, air force, border patrol, etc.)- to Jews around the world who’d do shmira activities in the soldiers’ merit. Shmira activities include acts of kindness, prayer and Torah learning. We are working in conjunction with Rav Simcha Kook’s yeshiva in Rechovot.
Due to the specific request of Rav Kook during the crisis in Gaza, the names that we initially collected were of all soldiers and any resident who felt him/herself in danger. Rav Kook wanted to gather as little personal information as possible on the site, to encourage more people to sign on. So we need to re-collect names of active duty combat soldiers – and get their end date of service – so we know when to rotate them out of the shmira. (We’re not ready to cover those in milu’im yet.)
While there is relative calm in Israel now, as we saw last month, everything can change in an instant.
We need to gather as many soldier names as possible to keep up with demand from the participant side. We have far more participants than soldiers at the moment. Jews around the world are eager to take the name of a soldier and include him in their mitzvot. Would you please sign up your own family members? Or do you have contacts with other parents who would sign up their combat soldier kids? Again, only their first names, Mother’s name and end date of service are needed. Soldiers might imagine themselves invincible, but parents have a little more perspective.
Just to give you some info (and nachat) here’s the scope of what the project achieved in the week of the crisis.
In the week of November 18 to 25th, thank G-d, over 10,000 people signed up via the site, texts, or phone calls to do spiritual shmira for IDF soldiers. We had texts pouring in at the rate of 2 to 3 a minute. People participated from 35 countries and 26 states in the US.
Here’s a sample of the people who joined. There were ardent Zionists, as well as their neighbors who won’t sing Hatikva, all praying together for IDF soldiers. We had people who teach Talmud – and people who don’t know how to say brachot – do mitzvot for fellow Jews. We had yeshivish orthodox, modern orthodox, Chabad, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, non-affiliated Jews as well as a contingent of Noahide (?!) and pro-Israel gentiles who disregarded instructions and signed on to the site anyway. And let’s not forget all the frat brothers at Alpha Epsilon Pi in Woodland Hills, NY!
Please look at the website for press articles, FAQ and haskamot. www.shmiraproject.com
Feel free to contact us with any questions or interest in helping out. American line call / text 410-657-2433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tizku l’mitzvot and thank you,
Batsheva Goldman, organizer and mother of an IDF paratrooper
P.S. We are looking for Hebrew-English translators. If you could volunteer your services, it would be very helpful! Please email me – Batsheva – at email@example.com