I knew most of the people who passed away and at some point, it became almost too much to bear....good people who never did anything to hurt anyone weren't given the opportunity to live out their lives. I know that God has a reason for everything, but.....it was hard.
One of the good things -- if you can call it that -- that came out of this year of friends passing was that a number of people in the community organized themselves into an organization that will be on call if someone needs assistance. So, for instance, if someone is sick the organization will mobilize to make sure that the person gets food and help. I don't know how much they're going to be able to do because such an organization is only as strong as the people who support it, and let's just say that not everyone is prepared to be on call to help as needed. That's probably true in any community -- you have the doers and those who are not as involved -- but it stands out more in a small community like ours.
Anyway, this organization was named for one of the people who passed away this year, Chaya Tikva. She was a true character in a way that only Tzfat people can understand but she had a heart of gold and an organization such as this one