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1 Destro  Fri, Nov 9, 2012 8:21:54am

Thank you to Israel. I live in New York. The fact that Israel is helping the relief effort is well known and documented. The downding is for the notion that Israeli help is somehow being ignored by the American press/media.

2 Eclectic Infidel  Fri, Nov 9, 2012 12:57:58pm

Google search "Israelis help in New York" yielded less than a dozen hits.

News sources reporting:

The Jewish Voice:
Israel, Chabad Provide Key Humanitarian Aid to Hurricane Victims

The Jewish Press:
Israeli Aid Missions Providing Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs :
Israelis pitch in for Hurricane Sandy victims

Algemeiner:
Israeli Aid Mission Heads to New York to Provide Hurricane Sandy Relief
Israel Aids Victims of Both Sandy and Ghana Shopping Center Collapse

SBWire:
Brother Michael & Universal Life Church World Headquarters Thank Israel for ...

3 Ayeless in Ghazi  Sat, Nov 10, 2012 4:03:14pm

re: #2 Eclectic Infidel

Your search - "Canadians help in New York" - did not match any documents.

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I'm sure some Canadians helped in New York. But where's the coverage?/

4 CriticalDragon1177  Sat, Nov 10, 2012 11:05:27pm

re: #1 Destro

I'm glad they helped us as well. The victims of Hurricane Sandy can use all the help they can get.

5 BishopX  Sun, Nov 11, 2012 8:47:18am

I think it's helpful to recall what Maimonides wrote about charity:

[1] The greatest level, above which there is no greater, is to support a fellow Jew by endowing him with a gift or loan, or entering into a partnership with him, or finding employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he need no longer be dependent upon others . . .

[2] A lesser level of charity than this is to give to the poor without knowing to whom one gives, and without the recipient knowing from who he received. For this is performing a mitzvah solely for the sake of Heaven. This is like the “anonymous fund” that was in the Holy Temple [in Jerusalem]. There the righteous gave in secret, and the good poor profited in secret. Giving to a charity fund is similar to this mode of charity, though one should not contribute to a charity fund unless one knows that the person appointed over the fund is trustworthy and wise and a proper administrator, like Rabbi Chananyah ben Teradyon.

[3] A lesser level of charity than this is when one knows to whom one gives, but the recipient does not know his benefactor. The greatest sages used to walk about in secret and put coins in the doors of the poor. It is worthy and truly good to do this, if those who are responsible for distributing charity are not trustworthy.

[4] A lesser level of charity than this is when one does not know to whom one gives, but the poor person does know his benefactor. The greatest sages used to tie coins into their robes and throw them behind their backs, and the poor would come up and pick the coins out of their robes, so that they would not be ashamed.

[5] A lesser level than this is when one gives to the poor person directly into his hand, but gives before being asked.

[6] A lesser level than this is when one gives to the poor person after being asked.

[7] A lesser level than this is when one gives inadequately, but gives gladly and with a smile.

[8] A lesser level than this is when one gives unwillingly.

It's wonderful that there are Israeli's helping in America, but to whine that they're not receiving enough press while they do it cheapens the act. It becomes a transaction, goodwill in exchange to help.


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