A Soldier’s Gift: An Amazing True Story

One act of kindness has unintended life-altering consequences.

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Comments (20)

(11) Stanley R Roelker, April 15, 2018 2:44 PM

Extremely Powerful Story

Stories like this continually give me hope that there is good in this world filled with hate and hypocrisy.

(10) yerushalam wu, April 9, 2018 11:05 PM

nora | awesome

A man's act of kindness always causes a ripple effect. This true story illustrates how beautiful our lives affect one another’s. May this story help us remember to stay true to our beloved FATHER in Heaven! By His Grace, our world is made more beautiful through each one of us who cares to show the world our caring soul that is filled with His Love, ahavah.

(9) Kelly Rebekah ben Maimon, September 4, 2016 9:23 PM

Deeply moving..

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this deeply moving story. I will endeavour to share with others. G d bless the State of Israel and all those that stand to protect it. London, England

(8) Anonymous, July 14, 2016 4:34 AM

HaShem is amazing. I love him.

(7) Anonymous, July 13, 2016 5:22 AM

perplexed

The end of the story was moving and spiritually uplifting however I have been haunted by the thought that Israel allows abortions fro financial reasons, I knew for medical,how is it within Jewish law to allow this, and why would a family be allowed to abort a healthyJewish child, a Jewish soul, when surely if they could not have received financial assistance there are so many who can not have or would love to adopt an infant. Did I misunderstand something.?

(6) Michael, July 12, 2016 4:00 PM

Is this true? Any link to a legitimate news source?

Is this true? Any link to a legitimate news source?

Menucha, July 13, 2016 1:47 AM

I remember this!

I was 17 years old at the time this story took place and remember hearing about it then! This is a very well known occurence. In another words, yeah its true ?

Michael, July 13, 2016 3:57 PM

Then why can't anyone provide a link to a news site?

Then why can't anyone provide a link to a news site?

T, July 14, 2016 2:35 PM

In the news = true?

Just because something isn't in the news doesn't mean it isn't true :-). (In fact, very often, the news gets it wrong!) This isn't from "the latest news" - it's a personal story that Aish.com is retelling, not a recent one, but still amazing. And yes, true. I've heard it from reliable sources before now, and could probably easily track the people down if I was so inclined.

Menucha, July 14, 2016 3:52 PM

I am SURE there were articles written about it! I was only 17, so I dont know if I read many newspapers back then. Did you do your research? Why are you waiting for someone to provide it for you? This could have easily been 30 years ago, it takes some effort to find news articles from then- as these random israeli newspapers or local magazine articles from 39 YEARS AGO probably did not get transferred to the internet... You should definitely still find something, good luck! ;)

Anonymous, July 15, 2016 4:46 PM

In other words you have none.

The burden of proof lies with the one making a claim. This tale is untrue until proven otherwise.

Menucha, July 17, 2016 4:26 AM

The Real Problem

1. Your views are fascinating. You mean to tell me that you do not believe anything unless it has been written about in a newspaper. Even when the people in the story and the story itself has been verified (and well known since its occurrence), it does not matter to you unless the media covered it. Very odd.
2. You clearly don't actually care enough to verify the story. If you did, you would go do your research and get your hands on newspapers from 30 years ago. You know that it is impractical to expect that from Aish.com or this Rabbi, which is why you wrote on this discussion board to begin with. You do not care to know that it is true. You are cynical, negative and angry.

There is clearly something else going on here. You are scared to accept the validity of this story. You know that if you do believe this miraculous incident, that there is a God and that you have to change the way you live. You obviously do not want to do that (and I don't blame you or judge you for that, change is hard!) and therefore you project your emotional and psychological issues onto this discussion board. Because, lets be real, if you did not believe it; you would have never posted on this discussion board to begin with.

No need to respond. Just think about it.
All the best

michael, July 18, 2016 3:19 PM

Classic ad hominem and diversion....

1. Where and how exactly have any of the people or the story itself been "verified" ??
2. How would one distinguish a true story from one that was made up out of pure imagination if not for external corroboration of some kind?
3. "...You know that it is impractical to expect that from Aish.com or this Rabbi,..."-------Are you kidding? Someone went to the trouble of making a video with clips and special effects and you're claiming the Rabbi who made it and Aish can't be bothered to verify its authenticity? Where are interviews with the actual people? Where are links to the articles which most assuredly would have covered such an unlikely story? The absence of such is suspicious and telling.
4. Attacking me for pointing out the obvious is unbecoming. It also shows it's your only option since you can't seem to provide a shred of evidence for its truth. If the videomaker and Aish had integrity, they wouldn't produce and disseminate a video before ascertaining its truth and would include such proof in the video. They didn't. I think the reason is obvious.

Anonymous, July 18, 2016 3:28 PM

Funny line....." if you did not believe it; ..."

Because, lets be real, if you *DID* believe it; you would have never posted on this discussion board to begin with.

No need to respond. Just think about it.
All the best

Menucha, August 7, 2016 3:41 AM

Haha good one! You cant just copy what I say- what kind of a comeback is that?
More importantly, I wasnt going to post on the discussion board until I saw Michael's initial comment. So, while trying to sound intelligent, your last comment made absolutely no sense.
All the best

(5) Kathleen Dahnke Nottestad, July 12, 2016 9:13 AM

two lost souls - Found if only for a brief moment! choose LIFE!

Excellent story - what goes round comes round.
During WW2 my Father served in the US army. he was stationed in Germany - one night he had been separated from his platoon, lost and alone trying to figure out which direction to head to reconnect with his fellow service men. He came around a corner and was meet face to face with a Nazi soldier that was also lost from his group. My Father understood German and spoke some - he spoke to this soldier in German and the German solier spoke to my Father in English. They had
exchanged in each other's language how best to return to their own groups. they both were armed, alone, frightened and had
found in the dead of night an Allie. There but for the Grace of God - go two men who under different circumstances could have shared a cup of coffee - to advance to their destination they had to walk away with their back to each other - a nod from one
another and two lost souls shared humanity - lost but found if only for a brief time! time - indeed - I hope in another land a son or daughter is telling how their Father carried out the Devine gift of LIFE!

(4) Raphaelle Do Lern Hwei, July 11, 2016 3:36 AM

Cause and effect

Thanks for sharing this video. It encourages us to do kindness to those around, always.

(3) Anonymous, July 10, 2016 11:47 PM

Inspiring!

What an inspiring and amazing true story!

(2) Sarah, July 10, 2016 8:52 PM

life for life

What a beautiful story for life. Each one is precious. Always choose life!

(1) Alan S., July 10, 2016 2:59 PM

Wow!

One can clearly see the hand of divine providence.

 

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