With the coronavirus spreading in the spring of 2020, Rabbi Edery thought of a way to occupy the children. Being indoors all the time would be hard. The solution: He bought 10 Boris Brown, chicks from Kyoto, and sent them via Yamato (a Japanese shipping company) to Tokyo. The city office explained that up to 50 chickens were allowed. The delivery man said, that in all his 30 years of service, this was the first time that he delivered live chickens! After about four months they started laying eggs. The chickens and their eggs became a big hit with the Edery kids, and for the neighbors, it was a deal-breaker! They love them!
As the Corona hit Japan, many businesses were affected financially. Rabbi Edery is putting in lots of effort in helping small businesses all over Japan. He teamed up with a candle factory and Koma factory in Kyoto to produce special items in honor of the Chanuka festival. Such companies are dwindling in Japan and it is our responsibility to support these artisans. Special thanks to our dear friend Yuki Tokunaga and Rabbi Moty Grumach Chabad Kyoto. Today, Rabbi Edery met with the Japanese vice minister of Defense, Yasuhide Nakayama, to bless him for his new position in the government and wish him Happy Chanuka.