Chabad of Japan organized an event for the people of the north who suffered during the Tsunami. Soon after the Tsunami happened, Rabbi Edery along with Mr. Muto and Chabad of Japan staff went to the North to help the people survive. The relief efforts were continued for many months and years thereafter.
Till today, nearly four years later, Rabbi Edery, Mr. Muto and Chabad Japan staff, keep travelling and helping the people in the affeted areas. Some of the people still live in caravans. In the picture above they can be seen eating the ”Yakimo” near their temporary housing, just one week ago.
The companies that receive kosher certification from Kosher Japan – KJ, donated
Sake to the people of the North in honor of the event, which was held in Iwanuma City hall.
The mayor of Sendai participated, and blessed the Rabbi’s efforts, with tears in his eyes. The CEO of Dassai Sake, Mr. Sakurai, and sake company Nanbu Bijin of Niigata, and Oguro Shuzo of Niigata also generously contributed from their sake.
One of the biggest and most famous companies of Sweet Potato called
Katsushika donated large amount of sweet potato, which were baked in coal ovens for all the participants.
It was very moving to see the gratefulness of the people who rememebered how much suffering they went through and how much they were helped, thank G-d through the efforts of Chabad Japan. The happiness on their faces, knowing that they were not forgotten was very touching.
It was truly a ”Kiddush Hashem”- sanctifying G-d’s name among the nations.
Chanuka at Chabad Japan was celebrated in a unique and uprecedented way.
This past Sunday about one hundred guests joined the Chanuka Cruise which was a huge success.
Rabbi Edery and Chabad Japan staff mounted a large menorah on the roof of the cruise ship.
During the boat ride all the guests joined the menorah lighting on the roof, which lit up the whole ocean. The singing and dancing which followed was uplifting and immensely joyous.
“A little light pushes away a lot of darkness” is exactly what everyone experienced.
Then a festive meal followed as everyone went down to the hall of the ship which had beautiful seating arrangements. Chanuka obentos were enjoyed as well as doughnuts and other chanuka delicacies.
The children recited the twelve Torah passages and sang Chanuka holiday songs, as everyone joined along.
The atmosphere was great, the feeling of family and Chanuka permeated through everyone.
All the guests expressed how moved they were celebrating Chanuka and the fifteenth anniversary of Chabad Japan in such a meaningful and enjoyable way. Lighting the Chanuka Menorah and seeing the ligths of Rainbow bridge in the background with the singing and dancing of all the guests was truly an unforgettable and fabulous experience.