“Project Inspire” in Peru!

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So…we watched a fantastic production of “Project Inspire” a few days before Yom Kippur, called “Wiping a tear”.

You can watch it here:


After watching this we decided to bake a dozen of honey cakes and distribute them to the many local Israeli tourists, with an invitation to break the fast together.

So here we were, me, my DD13 and DH and me, downtown, carrying a box of cakes and going through the local hostels and asking all Israelis where are they after the fast. Seing my demeanor, they all replies, although with some noted hesitation:”In Bet Chabad?!” so I reached out and invited them.

It was funny to see many other tourists eyeing my cakes, hoping it was for sale!

After the fast, which went well, besides DD13 fainting in end of Neila, we went home and hoped for someone to show up. I have to admit I was on the pessimistic side, thinking that not too many will show up if any. By measure of precaution, though, I had arranged for Leonor to come to work from 6:30 to 9:30 to help me in the kitchen (The fast finished here at 6:15). My husband and a few kids were even waiting outside just in case someone needs help fining our house. I sent my other worker, Ingrid, with a few ivitations left, to hand out by the Isralis stepping out off the shul. Surprise-surprise, she came back with a LOAD of people!!! I actually couldn’t close the door of the house as more and more people were showing up!!!

My son who was outside, later described it looked like a bus load of people (even if though they were walking).

We got real buzy in the kitchen batches of pizza in and out the oven, making spaghetti, warming up soup…And then when I thought everything was under control, another group of people whowed up!! All together was about 60! Such nice sweet people, they were thanking us the whole time, one even offered payment (no way!).

Iwas very happy, specially having made everyhing in advance (pizza dough, homemade cheese and sauce etc..).

What a nice feeling…


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5 responses

  1. Shari

    Rachel: Kol haKavod!!!!! Tizku l’mitzvos! I wish Steven and I had been there to break the fast with all of you – hoping yours was easy. Please tell Naomi to feel better 🙂 Shari

    October 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  2. I’m so impressed! We baked apple cakes and gave them out to all of our secular neighbors before Rosh Hashana, which engendered good feelings (and an apology from our difficult neighbor who called the police on us a few weeks before). We’re planning to send challahs on a regular basis, but I’m going to go watch that video now and get some inspiration, and maybe ideas.

    October 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

  3. Ellen Lehrman Schwarz

    beautiful stories and pix. But i still don’t understand what brought you to Cuzco. Are you Chabadnikim?

    December 18, 2011 at 5:07 am

    • Hi Ellen,
      The answer to your question is on my first entry: :”Reclaiming our lives in Peru”.
      Although we are not Chabad and we do not compare with their amazing work of Kiruv, we do believe that we have to size the opportunity while we are here. The times are difficult and we are all, somehow, Shluchim. In addition, I have encouragements and back up from Aish.
      I understand you are puzzled…keep reading!

      December 22, 2011 at 11:06 pm

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