Three years after the horrific disengagement from Gush Katif and Rabbi Yigal Kirshenzaft, who is the Chabad shliach in Gush Katif is still optimistic. He knows that it is forbidden to sink into despair like many of his neighbors have done. He serves as a ray of hope and optimism.
Located in the settlement of Nitzan between Ashkelon and Ashdod in a caravan, Shturem.net met with Rabbi Kirshenzaft. He says that all the talk about compensation and that the government would provide adequate housing and jobs for the evacuees is only talk.
But despite the daily hardships Rabbi Kirshenzaft has not given up hope. Last year he opened a mobile library which includes educational video tapes, DVD's and discs. He told Shturem that this library is a life-saver for the youth who have nothing to do.
Special thanks to Ezra Lane for his assistance in preparing this report.
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