I LOVE THE MACHLIS FAMILY SOOO MUCH!!! I EXPERIENCED ALOT OF SHABATOT AT THE MACHLIS FAMILY. AND EVERY TIME I LEFT THERE HOUSE I CAME OUT WITH A NEW LIGHT OF WAHT SHABAT LOOKS LIKE. THOSE OF YOU WICH HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED SHABAT AT THE MACHLIS FAMILY MUST GO- IT'S AMAZING! MAY G-D BLESS THE MACHLIS FAMILY TO KEEP SPREADING G-D WORD IN THE WORLD, AND TO KEEP MAKING JEWS INSPIRED BY THE SHABAT
Nov 13, 2006
Devorah Shalom , 11/2/2003
Entering into the tents of Abraham
I recently returned from Israel where I stayed in Jerusalem for 3 months. One of the highlights of my trip was to go on Shabbat to the Machlis's home in Maalot Dafna. The first Friday and Saturday that I was there all I did was cry because of the love and acceptance that I felt. When the Rabbi spoke it was never out of condemnation but always words of encouragement whether he was sharing the weekly parasha or extending a warm welcome to all who entered into the doors. For me it was like being in Abrahams tent where everyone was accepted. Abraham didn't discriminate and only bring in those who were religious but he would sit outside just so he could see everyone that passed by and ask them in. This is the what I had the privilege of seeing with my own eyes. A family who has so much love that extends to all kinds of people. My desire is to go back to Israel and live. But I'd like to encourage all those who travel to Jerusalem to go and have this "once" in a lifetime experience and truly you will leave a changed person. Also anyone who can I urge to donate and help in any way they can whether its in the way of monies which are greatly needed or whether by going on Friday morning to help "cut" up all the vegies etc.
Truly its a modern day home of Abraham and we can learn to "open" our tents through this example and reach our hands out to all those in need.
Nov 12, 2006
Matthew Wolsk , 8/30/2004
I stayed by the Machlis family when I was learning in Jerusalem and I found it truly inspirational. From meeting at the Kotel, walking bravely through the arab quarter and meeting his bubbly and loving wife and children it was an "experience" that felt larger than life. I miss those Shabat meals and particularly those holy homeless guests.
Nov 05, 2006
Spending Shabbat at the Machlis family was the most amazing experience of my life! i was finally proud to be a Jew. That was my first shabbat experience, and thank g-d i have had many many since then! I would like to thank g-d for introducing me to the Machlis family, the most special people i have ever met.
Oct 26, 2006
:-)We love the Machlis family! their home is full of guests all week, not only on Shabbat... it would be wonderful if they get enough money to buy another apartment!
wow! how many more mizvot can u do??