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February 23, 2013
March 5, 2013 9:13 PM
there was just a blood drive in my neighborhood in Jerusalem just a few weeks ago.
I couldn't donate because I just lost a lot of blood in surgery.
So I stood and watched how men and women of all ages stood in line- the trucks were beyond full- waiting patiently to give blood.
Watching this, I felt, I can't donate blood right now, but I could receive inspiration.
March 1, 2013 6:08 PM
I was just thinking about all my little complaints, but then I watched your video. Guess what? No more complaints. Have a long, healthy, prosperous life filled with lots of love, from family, friends and people in general.
March 1, 2013 4:58 AM
Thanks so much. I'm donating blood on Tuesday Im Yirtza Hashem!
March 1, 2013 4:31 AM
An easy way to help save a life.
I was a volunteer firefighter / medic for 10 years, and I have been part of a team which had several confirmed "saves". Even though I am no longer able to do that, I can and do still help save lives: I donate blood.
And having spent time in Israel does not exclude you from donating, or I would not be eligible. No excuses. It is not very painful, and it only takes an hour every couple of months.
March 1, 2013 3:20 AM
wow what an amazing attitude this man has and is demonstrating to his family and friends...This man is a blessing and his message is an important one.
Blessings to him and family
February 28, 2013 8:21 PM
Thank you so much for sharing. It's been a while since I've given. I'll make an appointment.
February 28, 2013 7:37 PM
Thank you for this moving video
Over 25 years ago, I started giving blood when my brother had bypass surgery (blood was not yet test for HIV). Most people can donate blood. People should ask themselves why don't I do that. It is painless and such an easy was to do a mitzvah.
February 28, 2013 4:11 PM
ive donated blood
I for one, am DEATHLY AFRAID OF NEEDLES... yet i have donated blood a few times. i am greatful that i did as it helps others.
and for all those who have a fear of needles which prevents you from donating, if the phleblotimists (the people who draw blood) know how to do it, i promise you barely feel anything...it does NOT hurt and its over before you know it
February 28, 2013 4:02 PM
I am delighted for Ariel that he survived and is getting on with his life.
I had major surgery which meant that I had 6 units of blood. I was quite young but was impressed with the idea of such a selfless action by 6 strangers who would never know who they helped. It is the greatest form of charity, the donor not knowing the recipient and the recipient not know about the donor. When I was old enough, I started giving blood and only stopped when I was pregnant. Subsequently, I became ill and was no longer able to give and I was surprised at how much I minded. Giving blood means only a few minutes of your time and means so much to so many. I fail to understand why so few do something so simple.
Bone marrow donation is also very important in the Ashkenasi world as there are illnesses specific to the community that only we can help with.
Caring about people is not just about money, although that is important, it is about the small and large things in life and blood is the major part of life.
February 28, 2013 3:40 PM
Blood transfusions saved my life also
Please become a blood donor to show Hashem our gratitude for all of our lives that were saved by blood transfusions.
February 27, 2013 6:14 PM
It's true that physical measurements don't impact blood donation, but other factors do - one is red blood count (you can't give if your count is below the "safe" level). Another is exposure to blood-transmitted diseases. There is a certain procedure followed when donating blood that covers the potential restrictions and excludes those for whom giving blood may be problematic.
February 24, 2013 12:49 PM
A very touching and inspiring story!
What a moving story. I am truly touched by Ariel's courage in the face of such adversity. May the Lord bless you.
I donate blood whenever possible. I hope that other people will also chose to do so. It takes very little of your time, and you can help save someone's life.
February 24, 2013 8:50 PM
Wake up as you celebrate Purim there are sick people!
The people that care the most are the ones who suffer. People think this can't happen to them. Charity is giving time and money. What's an hour to save a life? Ariel, go go go! May the mitzvoth of donors be a merit for you and the klal. You are a kiddush Hashem... Turning adversity into positives! May you inspire others to give of themselves in any way possible!
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