Yishai, the eldest child in his family, was a born leader and as he grew, his leadership skills grew with him. He was raised in Ramat Gan and attended the elite secular educational frameworks in the vicinity, from nursery through high school. When he was in 11th grade, his father died, which caused a major shake-up in the family. As a result, most of his family members became religious. Yishai did not join their spiritual journey. He enlisted in full military service as a combat paramedic. During his service, he was subjected to very intense pressure and at the same time, he independently began to study the Zohar and complicated religious works that required special guidance and direction. His mental condition began to deteriorate. After registering for preparatory courses at a prestigious university and even before the semester began, Yishai suffered an emotional collapse and was sent to the psychiatric emergency room to diagnose his condition. It is difficult to describe the pain of his family; they were still reeling from the loss of the head of their family and now this? How could they lift their heads?!
The doctors agreed unanimously that Yishai must be kept under close supervision in the hospital’s psychiatric ward. At the order of the chief psychiatrist, Yishai was hospitalized for an entire month during which he began to receive medication that stabilized his condition somewhat. When he began to return to himself a bit, with the understanding that at this stage in his life he would need more intensive help, he listened to the advice of a friend who recommended Bayit Cham.
Yishai wanted to work in order to feel vital and useful. He was hired as a waiter in a wedding hall in the Sharon area, but he was fired due to his frequent absences. He told his close friends that a full day’s work was too taxing for him, and that after a day’s work, he needs a few days to recuperate in bed. Attempts were made to integrate him at many other jobs but he did not succeed for various reasons. Yishai sank into despair and he became deeply depressed. After an attempted suicide, Yishai was admitted to forced hospitalization. He was once again stabilized and his determination grew along with his improved mood. Yishai made a firm decision that he would not give in and would not give up.
This decision was a turning point. Accompanied by his Bayit Cham vocational coach, Yishai returned to the workplace. His coach found him a job as an events manager in a well-known hall and helped him cope with and solve the various challenges that arose. At first, Yishai’s workday was adjusted to his needs – fewer hours and less pressure, but gradually, he increased the hours and scope of his position. As he experienced the sweet taste of success, Yishai’s ambition grew. He began to strive for further progress; he went on to higher education and completed many courses, including accounting and tax consulting. Today Yishai is very successful in his field!
Yishai’s message to the world: Take encouragement from whoever offers it to you… Everything is possible and achievable if you are determined! My will power and belief in a better future are what sustained me!
יוני נכנס לחדר הורים לאט ובשקט… הוא לא רצה שאמא תשמע אפילו את נעלי הקרוקס שלו…
“שתישן …” חשק את שפתיו. מזמן יודע יוני שהשינה מיטיבה עם אמא.
“אבל היום… היום אמא הבטיחה שתקח אותי לים. הלכתי בעצמי לחנות ובחרתי גלגל ים אדום,” מלמל יוני לעצמו… ויצא מהחדר.
היה זה הטיול הראשון אותו הבטיחה אוסנת, אימו של יוני, בחופשת הקיץ הארוכה… והנה הגיע השעה המיועדת והיא ישנה ….