Sderot yeshiva distributes toys to traumatized children

The rockets might have stopped for now, but the staff and student body at The Max and Ruth Schwartz Sderot Hesder Yeshiva understand that the situation is far from calm.

“The traumatic effects of the sirens and the rockets lasts long after any so-called ceasefire goes into effect,” explained Rabbi Ari Katz, the institution’s director of public relations. “And this is especially true for children, an entire generation of kids who grew up under rocket fire experiencing the horror of the attacks.”

The 500 student/soldiers enrolled at the hesder yeshiva (a five-year program combining Torah learning with Israel’s mandatory IDF service) decided to give back, especially to those in need: On Sunday, the students delivered toys to children throughout the city.

“We handed out toys to religious kids, non-religious kids, kids from different socioeconomic backgrounds, really to young children from all parts of the society,” said Katz. “And not only did this put a smile on the faces of these kids, but the hesder guys got something out of it as well.”

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