Avraham Zilberstein

Rachel and Avraham Zilberstein live in Vered Yericho. Avraham made aliyah from Kazakhstan, and Rachel descends from an old Yerushalmi family. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.

In these videos we learn about Avraham’s father’s departure from religious observance after the Holocaust, and Avraham’s spiritual awakening standing at the Kotel during the Six Day War. We learn about the couple’s resilience in the face of illness and adversity, about their love for Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael, their dedication to protecting Israel through agriculture and through keeping shmitah, and their faith in G-d’s plan for the Jewish people.

With very little income during shmitah (Avraham takes on side jobs as available), the family relies on the stipends they receive for basic necessities. Nevertheless, when we visited them before Pesach and distributed a modest extra allocation to assist with preparations for the holiday, Avraham’s immediate reaction was to call to his wife and ask her to set aside “ma’aser kesafim” – a tithe to donate to those less fortunate. This was done matter of factly – with no air of piety or self-sacrifice – indicating that this is their standard practice – even in times of a small harvest, or during the shmitah when there is no harvest at all. Such is the depth of their emunah, their faith, that everything happens according to the Will of G-d, and our task is simply to act as the Torah mandates.