December 12, 2010 4:37 pm at 4:37 pm #593436
There are many inspirational stories out there where a kiddush hashem was made. These create a warm glow in my heart. Please share any such episodes with us all.
A famous example is when a jew sees another jew’s car has broken down, he stops to offer assistance. After the he is done, he sees a cross in the guys car. So the jew asks “are you jewish?” The guy says “No i’m Catholic”. So the jew asks “why are you wearing a yarmulke?” The christian says “because you guys are so helpful to one another and always stop to help each other. I used to wait for ages before anyone would stop to help me, if at all. Then I noticed that you jews always help each other out, even for total strangers. So I always carry a yamulke in my car!”December 12, 2010 4:43 pm at 4:43 pm #717480
Your story really proves that Jews help OTHER JEWS and not goyim
Otherwise, the guy wouldnt see it neccessary to wear a yarmulka.
So in fact, I dont see this example as a TRUE KH, with all due respect.December 12, 2010 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #717481
AC: You are completely wrong.
A real kiddush Hashem is when you make a Kiddush Hashem amongst Yidden — far far bigger and better than when done in front on goyim. See the Seforim.December 12, 2010 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #717482
Here’s a story,
I know a frum family who had a non jewish nanay working for them for years.
At the age of 80, she passed away at their home where she continued to be of service.
Her family wante her body to be brought back to her home town in Vienna so she can have a proper burail.
The frum family arranged for the chevra kaddisha of their town, to take care of her. (no need for taharos etc, but they did it with their full devotion)
This nanny’s family was forever greatful…..December 12, 2010 4:58 pm at 4:58 pm #717483metrodriverMember
Shticky Guy; This (The example that you cite.) is a classic. There are many more instances and circumstances where non-Jews wear a Yarmulka. I read somewhere that during “Prohibition”, where an exemption was given to buy wine, on religious grounds, many non-Jews donned Yarmulkas and even went so far as to change their last names to Jewish sounding ones, in order to buy alcoholic drinks. But a personal story of Kiddush Hashem goes as follows; On a Friday afternoon I entered a Spanish Bodega (really, a redundancy.) to buy a small item (Shoe Polish?). I handed the lady at the counter a $5 Dollar bill. When I looked at the change –after leaving the store– I noticed that I had $13 Dollars. I returned to the store and gave the extra change back. Upon that the store clerk said. “Only a Jewish person would return the extra change. One of us would never do that”. IMHO this was a “Shtickle” Kiddush Hashem.December 12, 2010 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #717484eclipseMember
The point is no other nation is as willing to go all out for each other as yidden are and that fact is a kiddush hashem.December 12, 2010 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm #717485
If however, the goy thought that the ONLY way he would be able to attract help from a Jew was to LOOK like a Jew (otherwise he would be overlooked) I would venture to say, that it would rather be demeaning!December 12, 2010 5:18 pm at 5:18 pm #717486
But in this story, which actually happened, the guy obviously hadnt expected the jew to stop for every single stranger he came across. The KH is that while his co-religionists continually drove past him without stopping, he found that Jews do stop to help each other!
A shtickel KH? I’d say thats a full blown KH!December 12, 2010 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm #717487
‘The point is no other nation is as willing to go all out for each other as ‘
Why do you say that?????
Look many Non Jewish organizations are there out there which are devoted to help others, including JEWS as well?
How many Goyim risked their lives during the war to hide Jews and feed them. Come on, lets not overlook that…December 12, 2010 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #717488
Make kiddushei Hashem’s amongst Yidden – those are the real Kiddusheo Hashem – and don’t worry about goyim.December 12, 2010 7:35 pm at 7:35 pm #717489Sister BearMember
Well if its a bigger mitzva to make a Kiddush Hashem in front of Jews then I assume its a bigger aviera to make a Chilul Hashem in front on Jews?December 12, 2010 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #717490
Well if its a bigger mitzva to make a Kiddush Hashem in front of Jews then I assume its a bigger aviera to make a Chilul Hashem in front on Jews?
Sister Bear: That is correct.December 12, 2010 9:00 pm at 9:00 pm #717491Sister BearMember
Thanks trying my best. (I’m not that slow I just wanted to clarify it, cuz I see the opposite being done usually.)December 12, 2010 9:23 pm at 9:23 pm #717492blueprintsParticipant
yes but they don’t really care. look how much more efficient the jewish hatzolah is for example and maaser kesofim 1 tenth of our wealth to tzedokoh lechol hapochos (at least) even the wealthiest goyim on earth wouldn’t consider giving such a large amount
YES how many helped us 2%
how many gave us up and hunted us worse than the nazis in some places in france PLENTY
which actually leads me to an interesting kidush hashem story:
once (pre-war) a brilliant goyish mathematician worked in a shop and he calculated all his bills perfectly once a jew got extra change and his rov told him to return it so he did and the goy was in disbelief that he got it wrong and a jew would return it
so he did an exp. and tried it on the next few jews in the shop
and everyone asked the same rov and everyone got the same p’sak the goy was so impressed he hid jews in the war!!!!December 14, 2010 3:05 am at 3:05 am #717493metrodriverMember
Blueprints; The anecdote that you bring (cite) of the mathematician in Poland who was impressed by the honesty of the Jews to the extent that he hid some Jews during the Holocaust is heartwarming, but, unfortunately a very strong exception to the general rule of the depraved way the general non-Jewish population in Poland behaved. Beside the virulent anti-Semitism on all levels of interaction between Yidden and the goyishe population in pre-war Poland, after the nazis entered Poland the goyim were more than happy to turn over Jews to the gestapo, after taking all their money and valuables. They double-crossed the Jewish fighters even to their own detriment. And I’m sure there were many Jews (Even though, I don’t know personally of any such events) that helped their christian neighbors and treated them well in previous years, but they turned their backs on them once the nazis were in Poland. In some cases (Yedwabne, for example.) the local population killed Jews and burned them alive in the Synagogues, where they herded them, ahead of the nazis. Even after the war, the polish appetite for Jewish blood was going strong. As in Kielce, a Polish town where some Jews had returned and started building a community. On July 4, 1946, they attacked and killed many Jews.December 15, 2010 8:28 pm at 8:28 pm #717494
I recently read a story from WW2 about Holland that when the Nazis ym”s invaded and rounded up all the Jews in trucks, the local Dutch priest was seen shaking his head and was overheard muttering “The Nazis are bound to lose the war now. They’re starting with the apple of G-d’s eye.”
Surely thats a great Kiddush Hashem story!
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