Showing We Care

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7 Responses

  1. L says:

    Thank you so much for writing this beautiful account of Rabbi Sokoloff’s visit to Israel. As someone who has known him for most of my life, I can attest that he is a genuine tzadik-someone who personifies “nosei b’ol im chaveiro”. He knows what it is to experience great tragedy, and has devoted his entire life to the k’lal. He is not at all one to publicize his own acts of chesed, but all of your readers will benefit from learning of his shining example.

  2. Danny Rubin says:

    Kol Hakavod for this tribute! I bear personal witness to the fact that Rabbi Sokoloff’s ahavas habrios is not limited to times of crisis. I will never forget going to the post office in Rochester N.Y. a year after he left to mail him a package. Although a year had passed, the postal clerk noticed the adressee broke into a warm effusive smile and said ” so how is my good friend the rabbi doing?”

  3. Jewish Observer says:

    The White Shul is a vaunted institution in Far Rockaway. Far Rockaway is a long time heimeshe kehillah. Lawrence is relatively new on the scene its incredible wealth notwithstanding.

  4. Mr. Cohen says:

    This is how I show I care:

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  5. L. Oberstein says:

    “personal chizuk mission” is a great thing. I was in Israel during the time that the 3 boys were still being looked for and the unity and feeling of joint destiny were palpable. As you know, we were involved in providing bullet proof vests to hundreds of Israeli soldiers.This came about because Jews all over wanted with every fibre of their being to help the soldiers. Of course, i also saw the ridicule and denigration of our efforts in an editorial two weeks ago in the New York Jewish Week who spoke in an abhorent way about “Yoni wanted a vest’ and then went on to say that what we did was not only not needed but illegal and that we were well meaning but naive and ignorant people. I know that the facts are not the way that individual wrote them but I also know that the high command of the army did not want to admit the facts. There are organizations that raise money with high overhead and provide services that are often more show than help.
    There are also wonderful people who do so much to help the soldiers . My point is that no good deed goes unpunished. If you are truly “l’shem shamayim” someone will downplay and denigrate your good deeds. To all those who really care, keep at it even if you are ridiculed.

  6. Yehoshua D says:

    Rabbi Rosenblum- In all honesty, do you think that the average chareidi in Israel has engaged in these types of visits? More importantly, have any of the chareidi gedolim in the Litvish world advocated going to visit injured soldiers? If the answer to that is no (as I am pretty sure it is) then we have to ask ourselves why we should be advocating a behavior that the gedolim do not recommend; or, alternatively, to what degree do we really look to those gedolim as our leaders if we freelance in essential matters of hashkafa such as this one. I do not mean this as a criticism, but as an honest recognition that the sensibilities of chareidi English speakers are at times at odds with their Israeli counterparts, whether of the Yerushalyim or Benei Brak camp.

  7. Jewish Observer says:

    “Jews all over wanted with every fibre of their being to help the soldiers”

    – short of actually fighting alongside them. I understand the haredi reticence to embrace this kind of touchy freely support stuff. The more you support the soldiers, the more you are demonstrating you believe in the cause, the more uncomfortable it gets to stand firmly by a “policy” not to do what they are doing. This has caused the need for a hashkafa that holds all of this type of support, at best, inappropriate (and ye’hareg v’al ya’avor, according to some of the more extreme). This mahalach answers up a lot of kushyos.

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