“Dear Rabbi, Please Excuse My Son For Being Late To School Today, His Father Was Performing CPR On A Stranger”


United Hatzalah volunteers work across the country and treat close to 900 people per day. On Wednesday morning 11 Kislev, a story occurred that gave us a glimpse into the less talked about side of how their volunteering can affect their lives and the lives of those close to them.

In one situation, one of the many medical emergencies that the volunteers responded to on Wednesday, volunteer EMT Daniel Nahari from Rehovot, responded to an emergency in which a person was unconscious and required CPR. This type of emergency call can be lengthy and require the emergency medical service volunteers to remain at the scene for some time, often more than an hour as paramedics will implement advanced life support while CPR continues.

Nahari, who was preparing to take his son to school, responded to the call as he was one of the closest EMS personnel to the location of the incident. It took a few moments to arrive at the scene, but he remained there for some time. Needless to say, his child was late for school. Nahari sent a letter to his son’s teacher on a United Hatzalah notepad that read: “Dear Rabbi, please excuse my son for being late to school today, his father was performing CPR on a stranger. May we only hear good tidings. – Daniel Nahari”

Ariel, Daniel’s son, was allowed to enter his class as his teacher accepted the note and appreciated the efforts by Daniel which caused Ariel’s lateness.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. The story can be true (I’m sure it is!), even if the headline is inaccurately worded. Doesn’t change the facts of this wonderful incident. Don’t forget that these people are volunteers! Let’s daven that the recipient of the CPR is OK.

  2. My kids have showed up late to school more times than i can count holding truthfull letters worded the same.
    The diffrence? I dont ask for recognition, nor would i allow ichud to use my efforts for their own propaganda PR.
    The rescuer should keep on trying to help people.
    His organization should stop cheapening our chesed.

  3. @chareidi amiti: (1) I don’t see any indication that this is a PR gimmick on behalf of or by Ichud Hatzalah. (2) The Teshuvas HaRaSHB”A paskins “mitzvah l’pharseim osei mitzvah.”
    Enough said.

  4. So here we have another thing to fight about. Why are we in such a mess? Because Every. Stupid. Little. Thing gets dissected and argued with. There are huge problems concerning us & you are busy with narishkeit.

    Who cares if the note was written or not, or if it was published or not? Be grateful the recipient wasn’t YOUR relative & pray for his recovery. And if you want to fight, take up the anti-Peleg battle, that causes plenty of aggravation not to mention pain for other first responders.

    Lastly: GROW UP.