I am writing to you before the holiday that celebrates freedom from slavery, thanking you from the bottom of my heart for your great help in rescuing and maintaining the Jews of Odessa in Ukraine.
We are now in a situation where every day is an opportunity to save as many lives as possible. A huge responsibility fell upon us. We are taking care of hundreds of wives without their husbands, as well as orphaned children in Berlin… and this is a huge expense!
My wife Chaya is with them in Berlin while I am in Odessa with 20,000 Jews, each of whom needs different help to cover their basic needs, including medicine and food. We get hundreds of calls every day asking for help. People just want to LIVE.
As I write this letter, an alarm has started but I do not stop writing my letters – because at the moment I am thinking of the lives of thousands of Jews, and unable to think of myself! I must help everyone, but without external support I cannot physically do this.
And that’s exactly what you did, you provided the right help, at the right moment to the people who needed it. You did what you could do, and in doing so you helped me save Jews – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Thank you so much for that!
All the blessings and wish you a Happy and Kosher Pesach!
Peace be upon Israel!
Rabbi Avraham Wolff
Chief Rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine