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January 26, 2014 9:39 pm

EXCLUSIVE: After Being Denied Aliyah for Four Years, Barbra Streisand’s Cousin Finally Arrives in Israel, Hopes to Stay

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After a four year battle to be accepted for aliyah, Barbra Streisand’s first cousin, Dale Streisand, arrived in Israel with his family on Thursday, The Algemeiner has learned. Still facing bureaucratic challenges, Streisand told The Algemeiner that he is seeking employment and that he hopes that the Israeli government will let him stay.

Coming from the Philippines, Streisand said he was left without electricity and water for three weeks following last November’s Typhoon Haiyan. The Home in the Homeland blog said that he was able to sell his house to raise funds for his move to Israel just a week before the natural disaster struck.

Upon arrival in Israel along with his wife and three children, the youngest of whom is just two months old, Streisand said that he was detained for an hour before Israeli officials granted him a tourist visa, which he said was in contravention to an agreement he had arrived at with the Interior Ministry after a courtcase in May, 2013.

Initially, Streisand made headlines back in February 2011, when he was first informed by the Jewish Agency that his aliyah request would be deferred to Israel’s Interior Ministry because he was found to have a link on his Facebook profile to a Christian missionary website, bringing his commitment to his Jewish roots into question, Haaretz reported. Under Israel’s Law of Return, people who have converted away from the faith have at times been denied the Jewish right to Israeli citizenship.

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“The Jewish Agency, which assists the Interior Ministry in examining the right to immigrate, referred Mr. Streisand to a meeting with representatives of the Interior Ministry, who were not persuaded that he bears the right to immigrate,” the agency said at the time. “It was never claimed that Mr. Streisand is not a Jew by birth. Obviously, an individual’s relationship with Christians does not revoke his right to immigrate.” A Jewish Agency representative did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner’s request for comment on Sunday.

Streisand, who’s Hebrew name is Da’el Yochai, challenged the agency’s decision with the help of a lawyer named Mark Zell, who read about his plight and offered to help. The case made its way to Israel’s Supreme Court and Streisand appeared in person in front of the judges on May 6th, 2013.

“They looked at me and actually checked me out, and so they made a compromise with us,” Streisand said, explaining that it was agreed he would be allowed to come to Israel on an A5 general visa for a period of one year, and then apply for aliyah from within Israel.

“After one year of living in Israel, then we can apply for the aliyah status. We were supposed to have the A5 when we entered but they didn’t do it, they just gave us the tourist visa,” Streisand said. The Interior Ministry’s spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

“I am a Baal Teshuvah (penitent) and they really didn’t believe it,” Streisand, who spent years following Hare Krishna and dabbling in Eastern spirituality, said, stressing that he is now a fully practicing, committed Jew. I was “searching, but searching the wrong way,” he said. “My whole life I had a quest looking for the supreme truth, for God.”

Now in Israel, Streisand says he is doing his best to make things work. “Hopefully we can make it here, it is a bit of a difficult thing, but we are determined,” he said.

Denied the benefits an aliyah participant would usually receive so far, Streisand has been helped by generous individual Israelis. He is staying in Beitar Ilit, an hour south of Jerusalem, at the home of a rabbi friend. “They have been extremely kind to understand our situation and try to help get us started,” he said.

“We can live and work in Israel,” he said. “We get no benefits, I think in six months we get some type of heath insurance… but there is no ulpan (language coaching) there is no money to help you get started… there are quite a few benefits for aliyah and we don’t get one, we were not even met at the airport by them.”

“It is freezing here. In the Philippines it is very warm always, we didn’t even have warm clothes,” he added.

But Streisand remains optimistic and focused on working to create a new life for his family in the Holy Land.

“We didn’t get the red carpet treatment. We don’t care, you know. That is okay,” he said. “Because we have to kind of fend for ourselves… I definitely need two basic things, I need work, and I need a place to live, I don’t want to be a burden on anyone.”

His preference would be to work as a tour operator or for a tour company, a vocation in which he said he has years of experience. However, he stressed, he is prepared to work wherever he can find employment.

Streisand said his last name may prove to be helpful when it comes to finding work. “That name has always helped me,” he said. Everywhere he goes people ask him about his famous cousin Barbra.

Although his father and the renowned singer’s father are brothers, Dale Streisand doesn’t consider himself to be close to the star. During last year’s Typhoon however, he said he received a surprise phone call.

“Barbra’s agent called me, whom I know since I was a little boy, and somehow he found out through somebody that we were affected, and Barbra asked him to call me to make sure that we are okay,” he said. “I said we are on our way to Israel. He said, mazal tov.”

“It is ironic,” he said, to mark the contrast between the way his cousin, who visited Israel at the end of last year, and he, had been welcomed to the country.

The next steps for Streisand and his family are legal, and he is now awaiting the return of his lawyer from New York to challenge his current tourist status. But his greater interest is spiritual, and he sees his tough journey to Israel as similar to the journeys made by early Israeli pioneers.

“I believe everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I believe that it’s like the pioneers who came here 40 or 50 years ago. They had it really hard here and my wife and I are determined that whatever happens we have to take it the way it is.”

“We are not going to let some bureaucrats ruin our heartfelt desire to live in the land of our forefathers,” he declared.

Explaining what prompted his journey to Israel in the first place, he said his goal was to turn back the tide of assimilation that has strongly impacted his family. “After years of assimilation with my grandparents who came from Europe and then my parents who came to america, they gradually gave up this, they gave up that.”

“I can reverse that by coming here. No matter what happens to me, my children can remain in Israel and their children’s children, so I can reverse generations of assimilation, where they can get good strong Torah (bible) study and life.”

“I just have to go deeper and understand that Hashem (God) has a reason… ultimately I need to learn and gain from this,” he said.

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  • [ Nov. 11, 2014 ]—Hmm. No one can ever know what is truly within another person’s heart or mind, so maybe, JUST MAYBE, Mr. Streisand first-cousin-to-Barb truly believes in Judaism and truly wants to reside in the Homeland of the Ages. Or maybe, JUST MAYBE, he is the Jewish equivalent of a politically-incorrect term used decades ago (and now prohibited by the arbiters of all that is good and right and tasteful)…the term being, “rice Christian”. Or maybe if we update the reference to today’s Africa, “enriched vitamin-B-fortified flour Christian”. Mr. Streisand travelled here & there & everywhere, dabbling in this religion and that culture and that other spirituality…and ended up with NO MONEY and NO STABILITY. Now, in his 50s or so, he wants…ISRAELIS to provide him (and his family) with a job, money, food, and stability. Good luck, Israel: how many pseudo-Jews do you have flocking to your country proclaiming how “Jewish” they are, when in actuality all they want to do is sponge off your miraculous transformation of a desert, into a productive and first-rate country? All without one drop of oil, which is the only way any comparable middle-eastern Arab country gets any income… …

    • Charles Bacus

      How bizarre.
      I know this man. For many years he went by the name Devendranath Das , a Hare Krishna monk. Now he is a Jew, because he wants to live in Israel?
      Wake up people!

  • Steve

    Barbra Streisand is worth a billion dollars give or take a few bucks.
    Why isn’t this rat faced woman helping her brother cut through Israeli red tape?
    I’m sure Barbra has many friends in Israel that can help her brother obtain employment and housing.
    Hell of a way for Barbra to treat her own flesh and blood…

  • Saidi

    Is his wife is Jewish?

    What kind of a name is Da’el?

    Wasn’t he given a Jewish/Hebrew name at his brit (assuming he had one).

    Barbra can afford to support him.

    Who cares?! Any Israeli who helps him monetarily is a fool when there are so many Israeli Jews who desperately need help with housing and jobs.

  • barbra could ease his way.

    wonder why she chooses not to
    does she know something the audience does not.

    is israel protecting itself?

    with reason?

    • joannie, read the comments below…barbara herself is sort of not welcomed. She marches with the ‘woman of the kitchen’ disrupting thousands of years of Torah tradition…she divorces a Jew to marry a goy…her donation to her own family shul was refused… Whats jewish about her? This guys lineage is questionable,,,his negative habits seem to run in their family… this picture was ‘posed for” no one walks around with a tallet except of shabbat some do…just as suddenly as he switches ‘faiths’ so suddenly will he also revert back to his missionary days… ISRAEL GOVERMENT REJECTED HIM FOR 4 YEARS…
      they bowed to law suits and political pressure which brings more sufferings on THE NATION because they rejected G-D for politics.
      READ THE COMMENTS JOANNE, THE PRO TORAH COMMENTS NOT ONLY THE LIBERAL BLEEDING HEART PATHETIC COMMENTS.
      Those liberal comments would cry we are aso cruel to humnanity if they saw adolf eichman hanging.

  • Ross Yerkes

    AND YOU THOUGHT ESTABLISHING A JEWISH HOMELAND WOULD MAKE US ALL ONE HAPPY FAMILY. OY !

    • Ross, ISRAEL THE NATION has a homeland as HASHEM promised we would.The ‘ONE G-D THE CREATOR OF EVERYTHING’ also gave the people the rules how to live and the rights to do or not to do.HASHEM TOLD US CLEARLY to do good (according to ‘HIS’ rules not man) and be blessed, do bad and suffer the consequences.

      Maybe the same reason Hashem made us take the long route from mitzrayim egypt is the same reason we are now suffering.ISRAEL MUST BE PURGED FROM THE DAZED AND CONFUSED
      Frankly I am confused myself from your comment other then you dont understand the road map ISRAEL has in its hands.

      What I stated in my previous comments here is TORAH.
      HINDA and I hadconfrontations in chat roomos where she denies that ISRAEL AND JEWS are special people,elevated above all the rest, G-DS special favorite people. she claims that Jews are no different then anyother people exactly the same which is contrary to TORAH teachings.So she speaks against not me but against G-D. People have a right to speak out.Many times people speak like that because they have secrets to embarrassed to reveal GOING AGAINST torah AND I AM THEIR SUBSTITUTE FOR THEHEAVENLY COURTS THAT THEY WILL FACE AND INSIDE THEIR SOUL THEY KNOW IT.
      ROSS BABY…
      ACCORDING TO the proptesting hindas comments because she is in a mythical transgressing majority,, she is in the right…put it this way Ross. there are trillions of rats/vermin underground, trillions and they outnumber humans..should we dig down and be a rat or elevate ourselves, improve outselves with the riches that G-D MADE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO CAN SEE IT.

      ROSS, TORAH SAYS ISRAEL IS SPECIAL ABOVE TIME AND SPACE
      OUR JOB IS TO *TRY* TO LIVE UP TO G-DS EXPECTATIONS.
      If we try then we will be under HASHEMS divine protection…IF WE TRY. That is where its G-Ds judgement to decide. We judge if personally we are trying then we advise our fellow man and then our greater community.
      TIKKUN THE INCORRECT DEFORMED JEWISH STATEMENT IS …WRONG.
      AS JEWS WE WORK ON OUTSELVES FIRST.
      TORAH tells us to ‘hang out’ with people at a higher level then us so we can learn what and how to improve ourselves…
      we are all born with equal opportunities but we all dont have the equal abilities to be Rabbis doctors lawyers or firemen.

      ISRAEL IS HOLY LAND.
      DO NOT JUDGE ISRAEL OR JUDAISM BY THE PEOPLE…
      Judge ISRAEL AND JUDAISM by the FRAMWORK THAT G-D gives us in TORAH WITH ALL ”HIS” BLESSING THAT COME WITH IT .
      YES our Rabbis today teach us the ISRAEL MUST MAKE TESHUVAH REPENTANCE AS WE MUST.
      BUT LOOK AT HISTORY…all the nations that cursed us for thousands of years have become impotant or dissappeared.
      ISRAEL STANDS..AND ALL THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD WILL GO AGAINST US …SOON…what you see is all writtten down thousands of years ago by our prophets…
      YOU ROSS have a choice to fall in dispair and blinded by the glitter of the xtian world with hinda…….

      OR LIFT YOURSELF UP..LOOK UP AT THE HEAVENS AND SHOUT
      OUT TO HASHEM..”I AM WITH YOU. HELP ME LEARN YOUR WAYS”
      “I WILL TRY HASHEM, I WILL REALLY TRY THIS TIME TO LEARN WHAT ‘YOU’ OH G-D WANTS FROM ME, I WILL TRY”

      • ROSS all the nations are uniting against ISRAEL..
        THATS WHEN HASHEM STEPS IN…LIKE EGYPT…
        WHEN THEY FINALLY CRIED OUT TO HASHEM FINALLY…..HELP US…IS WHEN G-D SENT MOSHE RABBEINU, MOSES.

        ROSS..ARE WE CRYING OUT TO HASHEM YET?
        OR ARE MANY OF US CYNICAL AND FALLING INTO THE HINDA MINDSET…
        ROSS, do you want to be counted with ISRAEL
        or be judged with the masses?
        ITS ALL *YOUR* CHOICE.

        “G-D IS ONE” SHEMA YISRAEL AMO..NEI ELO..KENU
        A MONNIE “ECHAAAD”
        (words intentionally mispelled as to respect the sanctity of OUR CREATOR)

        ROSS..G-D only asks…do the best you can, be t he best you can,,but in truth..TRY…REALLY TRY
        THEN FALL AND GET UP AGAIN…NO BIG DEAL…GET UP
        AND LAUGH WITH THE HEAVENS HOW YOU FELL…
        BARUCH HASHEM….

  • Hinda

    Please disregard Dacon9 as he does not represent most of us who are American Jews in the Diaspora yet are also against the “Kosher Christians” in trying to convert us all. Unfortunately our shuls in the US are not supporting making Aliyah as they should but that has been an ongoing problem for decades.

    That being said; Dale is using his cousin’s name. It is up to him and his wife (was she a convert to Judaism?) to do what is right. Israel, unfortunately has a recent history of denying it’s very Jewish citizens safety when releasing the “Amelikites” (sorry for the misspelling). Also to listening to an American Administration that is very anti-Israel and pro-Islamonazi.

    May Mr. Streisand be truthful and enough of being a used Car Salesman.

    Omain.

  • DAKE LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE THIS MESSIANIC JEW THAT I KNOW.
    Same costume, same beard, same wife with a different face, same baby with a different body….

    READERS..ITS WHATS ***INSIDE*** NOT what they look like on the outside.
    2 months ago in Flatbush Brooklyn across the street from Haim Berlin yeshiva and next to a Sephardic Yeshiva ‘Shaare Torah’ coney island ave and ave M, a xtian ministries for jews opened. They have Hebrew writing on the outside they stand outside dressed like Jews inviting the kids going to lunch from the 2 yeshivot to an hour or ”torah learning and a full lunch” and a weekly stipen’.

    A group from the neighborhood approached these fakers. The reply is they will do what ever they want and their goal is to convert every JEW to accept thier mangod.

    Bibi Netanyahus son, now possibly engaged to marry a evangelist xtian in norway went to a inter-something studies in ISRAEL.

    Prophet Ezra stopped all intermarriges and interfaith associations.

    Liberalism is Judaisms destruction.Kindness is the enemy.
    Torah says ISRAEL IS ABOVE ALL.
    ISRAEL IS ABOVE IN MIND BODY
    ISRAEL IS THE BIG BROTHER OF THE WORLD.
    ISRAEL IS THE LIGHT TO THE WORLD
    WE ARE SPECIAL AND DIFFERENT.
    ISRAEL RECEIVED THE LAWS DIRECTLY AT MT SINAI
    No one else can make such a claim
    G-D SAID ISRAEL IS HOLY
    AND WILL NEVER FORGET US…why are we forgetting ”HIM””?

    (do not be intimidated when one like the picture above approaches you.It is part of their game to make you question yourself and your belief.To cause you to doubt TORAH. They think they have replaced TORAH .SOME XTIANS SAY YOU CAN add THEIR MANGOD JESUX ONTO YOUR PRAYERS.
    WE CANNOT VIOLATE THE 2nd COMMANDMENT WHICH FORBIDS EVERYTHING ABOUT XTIANITY.They knock on your doors approach your children in the streets and they only goal is to trick you confuse you. YOU TELL ME ‘BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS’ AALWAYS THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS, BUT DO YOU WANT TO POLLUTE THE NATION OF JEWS OF 14 MIL RISK EXPOSING THEM TO a few exceptions. Let the Rabbis handle that exception. WE RUN FROM THESE PEOPLE.
    Threy told bibi that his son is joining the 6 million who died in the holocaust if he should….)

    • Emanuel

      Agreed, its what’s inside, in your case also. Your views do not represent American Jews at all. No I am not liberal so don’t even go there, you just sound nuts and a lot of what you are saying is very hateful, fearful and negative, nothing I would want to pass on to future generations.

      • EMANUEL: I represent TORAH.
        you say what TORAH SAYS IS HATEFUL..not what I transmit to you.
        For you to say that I dont represent american JEWS is saying neither do you represent EMANUEL.
        YOU SHOULD LEARN WHAT YOUR NAME MEANS.
        you also are ignorant of JUDAISM. i DO SUGGEST YOU TAKE this artical and mu comments to a TORAH ORTHODOX RABBI , not deformed not conservative and discuss YOUR COMMENTS.
        This is what I stated..ask..question…research.
        Even Rabbis ask question and research issues with OTHER RABBIS.
        To base an opinion on your only experiences or your agenda or your hopes or training is depriving yourself of expanding your horizons to others experiences and a greater knowledge and wisdom of the world.
        I SPEAK AS I LEARNED AS A TORAH ORTHODOX JEW TRYING TO BE THE BEST THAT I CAN AND ASKING THE ONE ONLY G-D FOR STRENGTH TO IMPROVE.
        JEWS are taught to to sit on your laurels of yesterday…but to leanr more today and elevate your soul to higher level.
        THE UNALTERED UNADULTERATED TORAH MAKES THE RULES.
        NOT YOU
        NOT WHAT YOU FEEL
        FIND A TORAH ORTHODOX RABBI.
        If you are not jewish then get out your pen and write down my lessons to you.
        MAN SERVES G-D ACCORDING TO ”HIS” LAWS.
        G-D DOES NOT SERVE MAN.

        • TYPO..jews are taught..NOT TO SIT on their laurels

          • Ummm… delusions of grandeur, here, Dacon? We are fortunate to live in times where there are many effective medications… consider looking into ’em

    • Tony Minchew

      Maybe he should read the 4 Gospels and familiarize himself with how Jesus and His followers were treated in their own country by a similar court.

      Shalom

  • lou papalas

    It is Bar-Bra. Omit the 3rd a.

  • SEEMS TO BE A PROBLEM IN THAT FAMILY.
    Barbara shiksa striesand..OOOH? she is jewish?
    Well she divorsed her very Jewish husband Elliot Gould to marry a absolute goy. Then she tried to donate one million dollars to her former shul which I heard rain pouring through the ceilings. That shul, Bravo to them, REFUSED HER MILLION USD $$ DONATION BECAUSE SHE IS MARRIED TO A GOY.
    YES IN FLATBUSH BROOKLYN NY.

    NOW THIS IS WHAT IS CALLED A KIDDUSH HASHEM.
    TORAH BEFORE SEDUCTION OF MONETARY IMPURITY.

    This guy a cousin, was a former xtian, going to ISRAEL.
    Are you readers aware how many TORAH ORTHODOX CONVERSIONS
    used that guise as a way to missionaize to ISRAELIS.
    RIGHT ! they never in their heart converted to Judaism.

    AN ORGANIZATION IN ISRAEL CALLED ”YAD L’ACHIM” RABBI LIPSHITZ ZT’L uncovered that activity exposing them to the authorities. First I recommend readers support this organization for the great work they do in ISRAEL RETURNING KIDNAPPED/BRAINWASHED YOUNG GIRLS…
    (google it)
    Then you bleeding heart liberals..be suspect.question everything and anything…and do not purchase anything of barabara streisand… do not support anything interfaith meetings luncheons etc…
    TORAH SAYS TO SEPARATE NOT INTERGRATE !!!
    TORAH IS FIRST and its the only thing that goes with you to the heavenly courts.

    • Emanuel

      Honestly I appreciate your information but you make Jews sound like terrible people. You use words like “goy” and “missionize” I really have to wonder where your heart is. Then you go on to encourage a boycott of Barbara Streisand? If draconian uber-orthadox Jews were able to reconcile all our problems we would all be better off, but it seems like the spirit of Judaism has flown right over your head. Whatever you do, don’t accuse me of being liberal, that would only make you sound worse! I don’t think Judaism is about focusing on what non-Jews do, last time I checked it was a “lead by example” religion, and I’m not following your lead.

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    It’s none of my business, but Ms.Streisand, his cousin rather acted up, when she was here – supporting, without the proper knowledge, the antics of the women who insist on disturbing Orthodox daveners here.
    Mr. Streisand should work on his own image, and he should be given plenty of support in his efforts as Baal Tshuva and his efforts to find employment and establish an home here.
    Maybe he and his wife can rehabilitate his cousin.

    • HaroldT

      And how “Jewish ” is his wife ??

  • The minute I stepped off the plane I was granted citizenship.

  • There needs to be a sane group of people leading our nation that ends their paranoia and allows Jews that want to be Jews a red carpet treatment home. This craziness with the rabbinate and the so-called “Jewish Agency” is simply disgusting.

    We should be opening our gates with open arms to all Jews and wannabe Jews that want to live their lives in Israel.
    Welcome home Streisand Family.

    • Markus E Brajtman

      I feel pity for Mr Streisand.
      He obviously realises that he made an error in his life.
      He wants to be a Jew at home in Our beloved Jewish state of israel.
      The Jewish Agency should help him,
      He is not a criminal. He has repented.
      Israel should welcome him just as they do any Jew who wants to live in our G-D given home lamd.

      He has taken a hard risk,knowing how the Jewish sgancy reacted to his request.

      Forgive him for what he did, He did not hurt anyone.

      He has “come home” to his Judaism. and to the home of the Jews.

      The interior Ministry should now go out of their way to help him.
      That would be a great mitzvah.

      Why he an Barbra are not in touch, is sad. She should help him financially to buy a home and help him to settle in.

  • Bruchim HaBaim…Be Hatzlacha and Bracha…Welcome are those who come HOME!

    How many of our young people, Israelis I mean, go off to India, to Thailand etc. looking for the ‘spiritual life’ when they have it right here and when the depth of all that is and ever was or will be, is found in the light of Torah…and they come back and corrupted or are corrupted … and no one asks who and where. Its interesting that the body of the Jewish Agency refuses Aliah to a born Jew, now RELIGIOUS who dabbled and searched his way – and B”H finds it.
    According to the right of return there is no question that he has a right to be here, in his country and the piece of land which is granted him by Hashem (G_D) as an inalienable right, not by the Ministry or the Jewish agency. The right of an Ole Chadash – a new immigrant -The right of a JEW TO BE HERE IS NOT TO BE QUESTIONED no matter where he comes from or what his ‘evil inclination ‘ did to him to take him away from his ‘spark’. To take away anything from him is against everything this country stands for and as for as his ‘famous cousin’ is concerned, if anything she is a ‘Sone Israel’– an Enemy of Israel, —take the money and leave – Take nothing from her!! Her money will not buy you the heart and the soul – she is everything that you are leaving behind —Hashem will raise you and He will provide for you and your family – stay on your way and trust – there is a reason for your being here and Hashgacha HaPratit (Coincidence which does not exist) brought you Home to the fruits of Israel. Their fruit will be sweet onto you and you will find the place for your family and father your generations BE Ezrat Hashem. Be in touch.

    • jacob mandelblum

      The answer is a simple one :

      BEING SO FULL OF YOU-KNOW-WHAT IS WHAT MAKES THEM TRY TO “FIND THEMSELVES” IN FOREIGN RELIGIONS AND STUPID CULTS…and when they find out all are a lot of hogwash
      change religion like one changes underwear…

      Just as simple as that…

  • pinchas baram

    beautiful story– I hope he succeeds!

  • RonCo215

    Should have said he was a muslim refugee or an oppressed African and there would be no problem!! Thousands of invaders are allowed to cross into Israel, but all the authorities are worried about is he committed to being Jewish! Insanity rules Israel!

  • Ken Blankstein-Ure

    Mazol Tov to Dale & his new life. G-d will provide.
    Ken Blankstein-Ure
    Canada.

  • Andrea

    Come on, it’s Barbra, not Barbara. Good luck to these folks ; being olim is hard enough.

  • Sami
  • May Hashem grant Dale decent paying work to support his family. I pray for the same for me, and I pour all I have in my being trying to serve Hashem, but this in no easy road to travel, even with a pure sense of adhering to one’s calling, and perceptions of fate and destiny as one’s guide.

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