The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 16 December 2006 / 25 Kislev 5767

One Man's Generosity

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
The residents of the southern city of Sderot have been subjected to a relentless attack of Kassam rockets from Arab terrorists in Gaza. One thousand of them enjoyed a respite from running to their shelters thanks to the inspired generosity of a newcomer to Israel.

Arkady Gaydamak, a billionaire Russian immigrant, empathized with the plight of these Sderot residents and provided them with a week's vacation in a hotel in Eilat.

This was not the first time this generous benefactor came to the rescue of his threatened fellow citizens. When terrorist missiles drove residents of the northern communities from their homes during the recent Second Lebanese War, it was Gaydamak who set up a tent city to house them in a safer locale.

While many people are thankful to Arkady for his generous help, some people in the government have expressed resentment at his initiative of treading on what they consider their turf.

It is hoped, however, that both government and individuals will follow in the footsteps of this new star on the horizon of philanthropy.

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