It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

07 August 2009

Angels Visit Abraham

When I read this JPost story this morning I couldn't help but think of the angels who visited Abraham. One healed him following his circumcision. One went to bring destruction to Sodom and Gemorrah. One delivered the message that Sarah would have a child, though she was 99 years old.

You just never know.

"Once in a while you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."

A homeless, anonymous Holocaust survivor from New York who passed away recently at the age of 92 left $100,000 to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, even though she had no known connection to the institution.

She left another $100,000 to her last employer.

According to a Hebrew University spokesman, the Jewish woman, who had been living out of a shopping cart in Manhattan, apparently had no surviving relatives.

Almost nothing is known about the woman except the unusual story of her employment during the last months of her life.

A man apparently unaware of her background and her advanced age offered her a business proposition: She would help him avoid getting parking tickets in Manhattan, and he would give her food and a bed.

"She moved his car in Manhattan from one place to another, and he gave her a room to sleep in and a hot meal once a day," said Carmi Gilon, vice president of external relations at the university.

The man, who was Jewish, and his wife knew little about the elderly woman, who was surprisingly capable at her advanced age of maneuvering the car around the packed streets of Manhattan and out of the way of ticket-writing policemen.

Gilon said the couple had been amused when the woman informed them that because of their generosity she would leave them all of her property when she passed away. They figured she had no money.

But after the woman died, the couple received a phone call from a lawyer who informed them they were the beneficiaries of $100,000.

The deceased woman's will also stipulated that another $100,000 be given to the university.

Gilon said that the university had no known connection with the woman, and had been surprised by the donation.

"Two days ago the woman's representative came to my office in Jerusalem and gave me a check for the money," said Gilon. "She had never visited Israel and had never been in any contact with Hebrew University or with our office in New York. We cannot understand why someone who has $200,000 chooses to live homeless."

The woman did not stipulate in her will how the donated money should be spent, but Gilon said the university would probably use it to establish a scholarship for low-income students.

"Every year, at least three or four students can enjoy this money, and I believe that such a lady would love to know this. We won't use the money for the regular budget," Gilon said.

Shabbat Shalom.

1 comment:

SwanSpirit said...

Angels come in the strangest guises ....

PS my stupid browser keeps signing me out so I havent been commenting as much but i am here and reading ..and sending lots of love and support .. never dboubt it ..