Thursday, May 15, 2008

Hallelujah! The dead have risen!

Well not really. What actually happened is this:

Muhammad al-Harrani, a father of six from Gaza diagnosed with cancer who reportedly died while waiting for a permit to enter Israel, miraculously "came back to life." This was not the result of a miracle, but rather, just part of the tactics used by al-Harrani's family in a bid to secure a permit for him.

To secure a permit for him? Or to secure money from Hamas and others, and sympathy from those who blame Israel for all the evils in the world. They know who they are: BBC, CNN, France Channel 2. Each one of these sympathizers have demonstrated time and time again their hatred for Israel and the Jewish People.

On the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, al-Harrani's story was published. His family reported to the "Physicians for Human Rights" organization that he died. "The sick man could not withstand the wait for the permit," claimed Ran Yaron, Director of the Occupied Territories Department who blamed the Shin Bet for adopting cruel policies against cancer patients.

Physicians for Human Rights sounds like a good organization, but it condemns Israel and the Shin Bet for not giving Palestinians medical treatment. Without checking out the story, they printed it and the world anti-Semitic media (see above) ran with it. Yet even today as rockets smash into Sderot, Israel gives medical treatment to hundreds of men, women and children from Gaza. In no other area of the world would medical treatment be demanded for enemy non-combatants. Why should Israel be the only nation in the world that this would be expected.

That is because Jewish law is explicit
on charity.

"Should there be an impoverished person from your brothers or in the gates of your cities, in the Land that God gave to you; do not harden your heart and do not close your hand from your impoverished brother. Open! You should open your hand and grant him his needs, that which he requires." (Deuteronomy 15:7-8) In his Sefer HaMitzvot, Rambam (Maimonides) lists the above as positive mitzvah 195. Commenting on this mitzvah, he writes: "We are commanded to act charitably and to strengthen the weak in order to relieve their troubles."

The concepts and laws of charity are found in Rambam's monumental work,
Yad HaChazakah (The Mighty Hand), Hilkhot Matanot L'Aniyim, chapters 7-10 and in Yoreh Deah, chapters 247-257. These teachings will be briefly presented in the early course of these essays. These teachings are drawn from the Talmud, mostly from the first chapter of Bava Batra and the sixth chapter of Ketuvot, which discuss the laws and importance of charity in our lives.

For the moment, by way of introducing the greatness of charity, we will focus upon King Solomon's writings about it. "Wealth will not help [a person] on the day of wrath, but charity saves from death" (Proverbs 11:4); he also writes, "Wealth acquired through wickedness is of no avail, but charity saves from death" (ibid. 10:2).

The Talmud compares these two verses and offers the following: the first verse is speaking of wealth acquired honestly " despite it being "kosher money" it cannot help a person on "a day of wrath," on a day when God's decree goes against him. Still, the monies that one has given to charity will stand by him to save him from "death." The latter verse refers to wealth acquired dishonestly; yet despite his sins, "charity saves from death." But, let's be honest " nobody escapes death. Ever since Adam ate from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, death has been decreed upon all living things. What death does charity save from? The Talmud continues:

The former verse speaks of charity as saving a person from a judgment in Gehennom (hell, purgatory), while the latter speaks of charity protecting one from a horrible death. This is because the first case speaks of honest wealth, it is therefore powerful enough to protect the person from being sentenced to Gehennom as punishment for his sins, for Gehennom is a fate far worse than death. Death is a passing state, but the soul remains alive eternally. What "life" can a person have if sentenced to Gehennom? But charity saves from death, from Gehennom.

However, charity given from dishonestly earned wealth, though meritorious (since the poor were helped) and strong enough to protect a person from a horrible death in this world, is not kosher; it has no power at all to protect the person from paying a price for his dishonesty (see Bava Batra 10a; Maharsha, Etz Yosef, Rif, Iyun Yaakov, etc., ad. loc.).

Funny how these cancer patients cannot find the charity and medical care in Egypt or any other of the Arab nations. Why is that? The Koran states clearly:

"By no means shall you attain righteousness, unless you give of that which you love."(3:92)

Is it that charity is only for the buying of weapons, not for the saving of lives? It must be. For any funds sent to Gaza end up in the hands of Hamas and its weapons.

Muhammad al Harrani is alive and getting treatment. But his family's lies bespeak the truth behind Hamas and the "Palestinian Cause". It is all based on lies and falsehoods.


Dag said...

After dinner one evening I complained ot my friend Ehud that my hand was really itchy and sore, and further that I had a strange black spot on it. He said I should see a doctor, which I brushed off, not having a doctor or money to pay for a visit to a hospital. I kept scratching the itch and the spot got bigger and blacker tot he point Ehud said he'd walk me over to the clinic for foreign workers. I didn't resist. I got there and sat in with a dozen or more people while Ehud told the girl that I had a sore hand. No big deal.

The receptionist looked me over and went back to her work. My finger had gone black by then, and soon all of my fingers were itchy and black, and the girl asked if i was all right. I said yes. SShe asked a second time a few minutes later, and i shrugged and didn't do anything. The third time she didn't ask: "You go right now!" She was out of her chair and hauling me into a doctor's office and showing him my hand, by then the size of a football, black as my leather jacket, one couldn't see fingers any more. The doctor panicked. He'd never seen anything like it. He got on the phone and started talking so fast I couldn't understand a word. Eventually a guy came in and started looking and probing and yelling "sheeshnan shoom." Meant not a thing to me.

He gave me a shot, gave me a bunch of pills, and then started talking to all the staff at the clinic, he being some big-time specialist from the university hospital. I got more pills and a ride home. I was off work for a week. I'd been bitten by a spider.

No one asked me to pay the minimal payment for my visit. A famous doctor from the university didn't blink about saving me. No one begrudged anything about me. They save at least my hand and very likely my life and didn't ask anything about it or expect even $5.00 for the fee. What kind of country is that?

I just returned now from a weekly meeting with people here in Vancouver, Canada. I'd like to leave a bit of recap about it tomorrow when I've had some sleep and get a bit of time to explain then what we do when we meet and why.

MathewK said...

"That is because Jewish law is explicit on charity."

Doesn't really matter what the law says, Israel doesn't have to help, but they do because they are also good folks.

Can a Jew expect the same treatment from the followers of the religion of peace and tolerance? Unless you're some sort of stupid leftist born last night, hell no!

"It is all based on lies and falsehoods."

Is there anything the left and their allies, militant & intolerant Muslims do that is not full of lies and falsehoods.

Findalis said...

Dag: I will report it as From the Front Lines in Vancouver. And am eagerly awaiting your report.

MK: Darn right! Both Judaism and Christianity are very explicit on Charity. You give regardless of the nationality or religious faith of the person. Only Islam has that stipulation.

Roger W. Gardner said...

Anyone who doubts the reality of Jewish or Israeli charity doesn't know what the hell they're talking about. For a powerful first hand experience of Israeli charity , and how it compares with what passes for charity in the Arab Muslim world, just read the above-mentioned Brigitte Gabriel's moving personal story from her great book.