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Hello, my name is Leah Gelbstein. Baruch Hashem we recently married off our dear son Tzvi. Just days before his wedding, however, a tragedy changed our lives forever.

We were out on Friday night celebrating the shabbat chattan. When we got back, the door was wide open. Our things were strewn everywhere, shattered glass covered the floor. All of our valuables were missing. The little ones began to cry. I ran to our room and my worst fears were confirmed: they had stolen a large sum of money, borrowed to pay for the wedding.

Just a few days later, we married off Tzvi with tears in our eyes. Our simcha was overshadowed by our new crippling debt and fear for the future.

My husband and I both work hard at our jobs to support our family. We have 8 kids at home now, the youngest of whom is just 2 years old. Our monthly salaries are nowhere near enough to begin to address our debt, or to pay for the most basic bills. As a mother ... knowing that I can't afford to feed and clothe my kids ... is killing me.

Baruch Hashem, Rabbanim have seen our need and released a statement on our behalf below.

If you can please find it in your heart to help ... My children & I would be so grateful. Thank you. Leah

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