Jewish Man Buys 400 U.S. Soldiers Dinner

At an airport in Ireland, Jewish philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz performs an act of tremendous kindness.

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(16) Andrew Bales, October 31, 2019 9:48 AM

Merry xmas Rabbi Rechnitz?!?!

What is this news anchor from the moon?!? Maybe next time you might say something like Happy Hanukah Rabbi! Xmas is the source of the spilling ofJewish blood! Like saying to a calf "happy BBQ!!!"

(15) Anonymous, December 22, 2015 7:05 PM

kindness, is what it's all about

Good for you,
what a mitzvah,
doing acts of kindness, is what makes the worlds go round,
G-d bless you!

(14) Al Talena, December 22, 2015 4:20 AM

Yasher Koach but...

Unfortunately, not everyone shares Shlomo's good heart. A religious boy scout working on his eagle project approached my son's principal to write letters to our servicemen. Guess what, the scout was told "no" from some yeshiva principals. Hakarot Hatov????

(13) Ron Ostrander, December 20, 2015 6:44 PM


Mr. Rechnitz:

Sir, as a US Army veteran your gesture has made me proud to have served. Anyway, Thank you.

Finally, I salute you and G-d bless.

Most Respectfully,

Ron Ostrander

(12) danny, December 20, 2015 3:24 PM


what a new does is always in the name of Judaism whether good or bad so this was a tremendous kiddish hashem

(11) Lisa, December 20, 2015 10:48 AM


He didn't "sleep" on his reaction to this situation... He saw a need & he acted upon it!! And he didn't do it so his name could be in neon lights or on some dinner invitation! Seems like kindness is in his DNA!! Yasher Koach to Shlomo R.

(10) Yehudis, December 20, 2015 10:47 AM

love how they wish him Merry Xmas!

Love how they wish him Merry Xmas!
kol hakavod to shlomo for making such a kiddush Hashem

(9) mordechai edel, December 18, 2015 10:21 PM

YasherKoach Shlomo

Birkas Hamazon , as blessings of 400 plates of food go round and around may blessings come back to you Shlomo ,

Tamar, December 21, 2015 9:30 PM

Proud to be part of the same family!

Thank you Mr.Rechnitz, for your Kiddush Hashem and reminding us all of what we are supposed to do with the parnassah Hashem blesses us with. Every cent has an address and a purpose. I am not wealthy, but I am happy to see that Hashem blessed you with substantial wealth because He knows you will only do good things with it. In difficult times, you have brought a good name to our people and glorified Hashem's name in our world. Yasher Koach and many blessings to you and your family! May more people be inspired to do as you did and do, and may these be the merits we need to tip the scales in our favor for redemption!

(8) elie, December 18, 2015 3:01 AM

the rest of the story

it does not end there. after mr. rechnitz spoke a soldier came up to him and said. e are from Kentucky and tennesee where there are not many jews. I put on tefillin every day and they look at me strangely and I am the butt of their jokes. now they see what other jews are like. what a Kiddush hashem

(7) deanna, December 17, 2015 11:02 PM

great to do it

I know many people of wealth that who could care less about doing something like that. Very generous and kind man

(6) Paul Annetts, December 17, 2015 6:49 PM


What a great man! I could easily put myself into this situation, as a Marine, and this act of kindness makes me proud that we Jews continue to do wonderful things for all peoples!

(5) Diane, December 17, 2015 5:39 PM

What an act of Chesed!

Yes, I agree that his face when they wished him merry Xmas was one in which as a gentleman did not correct them. Americans are so used to saying that to everyone that I don't think they realized it. Afterwards, they probably did. It drives me crazy even when I'm wearing my Star of David.
When I lived near Bangor, Maine, I was one of many who were on call to go to the airport to greet the troops when they stopped on their way to Iraq or Afghanistan or returning home. As a Maine troop greeter, we always gave them free cell phone usage & snacks donated by area groceries & local cellphone provider. It really made my day & we could see how they appreciated just getting a thank you. Unfortunately, we couldn't afford to feed them as we had over a million troops pass through. We were the spot where the flights crews would change to continue the flights. So, I know how much Shlomo's offer of hot meals to these soldiers and Marines meant to them. As he said, it wasn't so much the hot meal, but the recognition for their service.
It was a wonderful act of Chesed and my others take note and thank each troop they see whether or not giving them food.

(4) Anonymous, December 17, 2015 3:41 PM

Could the anchor people on Fox News not able to show their true appreciation of Mr. Rechnitz's generosity by wishing him a Happy Hannukah instead of Merry Christmas?

Anonymous, December 18, 2015 7:56 PM

They only read the script

They're called 'newsreaders' for a reason, they only follow the written script. The question is why the writers, who presumably saw the video, didn't think of writing 'Chanukka'

(3) Rita, December 17, 2015 3:34 PM

They could have said Happy Channuka to let the people know that he was a Jew. The kappa was a dead give away he was Jewish and does not celebrate Christmas

Simcha, December 18, 2015 5:12 AM

Lighten up

The man talks for several hours in a row and has time and other constraints. He said so long in the same way he probably said so long to all the other guests that morning. I'd cut him a little slack.

It's pretty safe to say that most who saw the interview knew Mr. Rechnitz's is Jewish and doesn't celebrate Christmas. And I'll bet that most people got a little laugh out of it. So should you. Don't be a victim. Be happy that the media presented a Jew in such a positive light.

(2) Beri, December 17, 2015 6:01 AM

Brought tears to my eyes.

How beautiful! What a yid! I'm very moved by this story and the man who made it happen. I must say that those "holiday season" and "merry xmas" greetings at the end put an unfortunate damper on the report. Don't those newscasters know anything about Judaism? In any case, wonderful man.

laddie lamb, December 17, 2015 3:56 PM

Please be understanding, Jewish friends

I admire the unselfish act of this wonderful man. I am a Christian. Believe me, if he had said that this was a Hannukah gift to the troops, I would certainly not have been offended or "put off".
If a Christian wishes you "Merry Christmas" the wish carries with it the warmest of good feelings. Please accept the expression in good faith, as it was intended. When my Jewish friends wish me "Happy Hannukah", I thank them and wish them a Merry Christmas. When I am wished a happy holiday, I return "Merry Christmas".
Please do not let a "Merry Christmas" wish put a damper on something for you, unless you are looking for something on which to base enmity.
p.s., This story brought tears to my eyes also, Beri. God bless.

Bubbelove, December 17, 2015 4:33 PM

The "Merry Christmas Greeting" does not dampen the act

Many of you may not know that most Christians do not understand that Jews do not celebrate Christmas.- there are, unfortunately, Jews that do which makes it confusing to non-Jews, and makes my blood boil toward those Jews. That said, when someone gives me those wishes, I politely thank them and wish them the same. Don't be so petty. The act of kindness is what is most important. Yasher koach to Shlomo.

(1) Simcha, December 16, 2015 2:02 AM

A Kiddush HaShem

A kiddush HaShem. Those soldiers and their families and friends will remember that this Jewish man made the effort to say thank you. May HaShem bless these defenders of our freedom and may he bless the United States.

I also liked Mr. Rechnitz's smile when the reporter wished him a Merry Christmas. Again, a kiddish HaShem.


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