ver 2,000 years ago, the great sage and miracle worker
RABBI MEIR BAAL HANEIS
- as his legacy to all generations -
vowed to personally intercede in Heaven on behalf of any
person, in crisis or distress, who gave charity to the poor in Israel in his memory.
The RABBI MEIR BAAL HANEIS SALANT CHARITY
is one of the oldest and most respected charity organizations in Israel. This sacred charity organization was founded in 1860 by the saintly Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem for seventy years RABBI SHMUEL SALANT (1816-1909)
, and his great father-in-law the saintly RABBI YOSEF ZUNDEL SALANT (1786-1866)who were the leaders of Ashkenazic settlement in Israel
The mid-nineteenth century was a time of poverty and hardships in Palestine. There was a tremendous influx of Jewish families from all over the world who took a tremendous leap of faith to leave their respective homelands to settle in the Holy Land. Without a stable organized financial base for its existence the destitute communities in Israel began an unprecedented descent into abject poverty, the likes which it had not seen in decades. Hundreds of people died of illness brought on by malnutrition and hunger, particularly infants and young children. The dire situation threatened to engulf the entire country and put an end to Jewish survival there. Rabbi Shmuel Salant and Rabbi Zundel Salant who were the leaders of the community rose to this monumental challenge, and founded the central Rabbi Meir Baal Haneis Salant charity fund to provide for all of Israel's impoverished families and save them from oblivion. This fund successfully united the entire community in the Holy Land under its umbrella. the great and sagacious Rabbis Zundel and Shmuel Salant and their associates issued and incorporated many regulations and ordinances which provided fairness and equality to all the various factions within the community. This new charity entity was enthusiastically endorsed and supported by all the leading rabbis and lay leaders of Israel and the Diaspora.
Rabbi Zundel and Rabbi Shmuel worked together tirelessly for the benefit of the community. The Rabbi Meir Baal Haneis charity became the foundation of support for the entire community at large, and saved it from sinking into financial abyss. Unfortunately, Rabbi Zundel lived for only a few short years after its establishment. However, during the final years of his life he devoted himself wholly to bring this monumental undertaking to fruition. Upon his passing in 1866, the Rabbi Meir Baal Haneis charity had already become the lifeline for hundreds of the country's poorest and most destitute families.
Before his passing in 1909 Rabbi Shmuel Salant pledged that one who supports this holy fund will merit heavenly blessings and divine mercy.
The remarkable power of this miracle working charity, which champions the cause of the poor and forgotten, the sick and impoverished, the widows and orphans, and victims of unfortunate circumstance, is vibrantly potent until this very day. Countless stories abound of men and women, who during a time of crisis or need, experienced miraculous help when they gave charity to this unique and holy fund! Surely you too can use an extra blessing in your life! Support the poor of Israel through Rabbi Meir Baal Haneis. In this merit you will bring tremendous blessings of good health and prosperity into your life.