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A 20 Year Minhag in Zichron Yaakov – Pre Yom Kippur Blood Drive

bloodtest.jpgIn keeping with a minhag that dates back to decades, Magen David Adom will on erev Yom Kippur hold a blood drive in Zichron Yaakov.

On Tuesday, erev Yom Kippur, the annual blood drive will be held and organizers report this is the 20th year. A second blood drive is held in Zichron Yaakov annually, on Memorial Day. Organizers call on the tzibur to donate a unit of blood, pointing out that it is an act of chessed that is most appropriate during Tishrei.

The blood drive will be held from 8:00am to 2:00pm in a number of locations including on the ‘Midrachov’ pedestrian mall. In addition, there will be a mobile blood unit in the HaShmura neighborhood on Derech Sarah Street, corner of HaNadiv. MDA reminds citizens that anyone donating a unit of blood is automatically insured should s/he require blood in the coming year as well as first line relations.

In the 5775 blood drive they received 262 units of blood from 172 men and 90 women.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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  1. Without even getting into the issue of bloodletting on Erev Yom Tov, but how can one donate blood before a Tzom, when it is always so strongly reinforced at blood drives, to drink extra fluids for at least 2-3 days after donating blood.

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