Mea Shaarim Family Living in Staggering Poverty


Last week, Mrs. Yehudis Lieberman lost her husband Tzvi to liver cancer. His passing was brutally sudden: Just months after his diagnosis, he was gone.


He left behind 10 children, now supported only by their grieving mother. Yehudis has a job, but struggles to meet the impossibility of supporting such a large family on her own.


In the week since his passing, the home has fallen into disarray. There is no money for food, for winter clothing, for basic bills. As an act of desperation, she has started an emergency campaign.

 A video on the page shows the family sitting shiva. A small girl buries her face in her mother’s chest. The children seem embarrassed, the mother broken.


“I am not asking for anything luxurious,” campaign text reads. “Just to have clothes for my babies in the winter … To be able to pay for them to go to school and sitters while I work.

If you can help, it would mean so much. I am afraid to see what will happen if we don’t get help soon.”





  1. I wish we would be makped to have her face blurred. Isn’t it enough to have to face the shame of turning to others for help? Do we really have to add salt to her wounds that she now has to feel self conscious when walking down the street that people may recognize her as that “poor orphan girl who can’t afford to get married”?

    I realize a face helps make the situation seem more real to us, but we need to think about her dignity as well. May Hashem be Gozer years of joy, happiness, blessings, and stability to her and her Chasan!

  2. Softwords – her face does not need to be blurred. She is an adult and consented to have the video made about her (in the page), as well the photos taken AND allowing the fundraiser to be set up in the first place.

    She has nothing to embarrassed or self-conscious about: she didn’t cause the situation she is currently facing.

    Besides, she seems to be on the cusp of changing her life for the better and could end up as an inspirational story to others overcoming similar, unfortunate situations.

  3. verbatim – my comment isn’t really direct to her alone, but rather in general. These people that are in need of assistance are told by others (professionals) that by having pictures and videos posted they will receive more help being that it causes people to have more rachamim.

    My point was that we need to try to work on ourselves to give without the need to know who we are giving to. The Rambam brings this down as a higher level of tzedaka being that it prevents unnecessary shame. It’s easy to make all the statements you made (such as “She has nothing to embarrassed or self-conscious about: she didn’t cause the situation she is currently facing.”) when it’s not you. It’s much harder to feel that way when it is you. Just be happy that you are not dealing with her nisayon. As a Gadol B’Yisrael once told me, “Ashirus is a much harder nisayon than Aniyus, but it is a much more comfortable nasiyon”.

  4. Very sad. However, it is unacceptable when people claim Bitachon, do not by life insurance, and then burden the public to bail them out if there is a tragedy. This must change.