Is There a Doctor on Board?

When a kippah-clad doctor stepped forward to rescue a passenger.

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Comments (18)

(16) SK, July 2, 2012 3:54 PM

Kiddush Hashem reflected by what we wear

Lori, you have presented an amazing lesson for men about behaving in a way that makes a kiddush Hashem since they "look religious" simply by wearing a kippah. Please, now emphasize to our women, teens, and girls, how important it is for them to appear religious in their dress while performing a Kiddush Hashem. Our girls are so fine and quick to do mitzvos and acts of kindness; but many are not careful with their dress...and not all of them have the look of a religious bas Yisroel.

(15) Imelda Pearce, June 30, 2012 8:02 AM

in praise of Lori

Lori, I look forward to your segments. They are almost always enjoyable, fun, and positive. I feeel so much better when i observe them. Thanks for being a loving, poistive Jewish woman and finding the best in Judaism, its noble,generous, understanding expressions.

(14) DK, June 30, 2012 4:02 AM

Wow. What an empowering story. Thank you, Mrs. Palatnik for such enlighening webcasts. They are filled with insight and understanding that anybody can relate to and agree with.

(13) Gail, June 28, 2012 6:13 PM

V'ahavta eit Hashem...

For many years I have tried to find a translation for "m'odekha". There isn't an English equivalent and the commonly used word "might" comes nowhere near describing m'odeka. Khol m'odekha is the powerful extra. You can't say it, you have to act it. This fine doctor made the Shema come alive. Kol hakavod.

Jewish Mom, July 10, 2012 3:51 PM

With all of your resources

Gail, I think me'odecha can be translated "with all of your resources" meaning all of your intelligence, financial means, physical/emotional/spiritual capabilities - everything you've got!

(12) Tobi Kern, June 28, 2012 5:54 PM

flight from Tel Aviv

A few weeks ago, on a flight from Tel Aviv to Newark, a woman passenger became very ill. When the pilot requested medical help several passengers, doctors and nurses, came forward to assist the sick passenger. It was necessary to make an emergency stop in Germany to get this woman to the hospital speedily. After we were back in the air, the pilot got on the loud speaker to thank all the passengers that came to the aid of the ailing woman. He went on to say that if ever he were ill on an airplane he hopes it will be one coming from Tel Aviv. The response for assistance is always above and beyond the expected, All the Jews on the flight felt particularly proud as we realised tikkun olam is so ingrained in our heritage that it has become part of our DNA. It is my observation that every stream of Judaism never neglects tikkun olam.

(11) Atara, June 27, 2012 5:03 PM

He is a true walking kiddush Hashem!

The doctor on the plane is my husband! He is an awesome man, juggling family, community and medical responsibilities! He is a great role model to me and our five children BH and we are truly blessed! Thank you for this well-deserved tribute!

Anonymous, July 1, 2012 6:37 PM

me too

I work in a medical clinic as a pharmacist where I deal with Jews as well as Arab patients.I believe in treating each one equally and I personally feel Kiddush Hashem especially when I am thanked by an Arab for some duty I have performed for them.By the way-I wear my kippa proudly.

(10) Richard, June 26, 2012 7:37 PM

This woman is a great teacher!!

Every Jew should listen to this woman ...she.has a message that is for every one of us! The world watches the Jews: and regards as as one. We bear responsibility for each other. There is no way around this.

(9) Gregory Landenburg, June 26, 2012 7:29 PM

Wearing the Kippah

I always wear my kippah. It makes me feel closer to Hashem, I'm less apt to be "bad" and I can tell people look at me differently, with a kind of respect, and that feels really good.

(8) Elisabeth Soros, June 26, 2012 5:56 PM

Dr. on the Board

Yes, many reason G-d have been choose the Jews. Lots of responsibility and we must take it extremely seriously! Hashem give us strength and we must pray for it.

(7) Elliott, June 26, 2012 5:16 PM

Spot on!

Hi Lori - as always, right on the mark. "If only..." If only we could all "wear God" like that - being everything we profess to be. Be blessed in your excellent and stimulating work.

(6) Rachel Garber, June 26, 2012 5:04 PM

A Light Unto the Nations

On the one hand, it is unfair to judge people on the basis of the interaction with one Jewish person. Would that man who had a bad experience with one Jewish family, want him to be judged on the basis of the behavior of others? On the other hand, I remember the whole Bernie Madoff scandal and comments that "he makes us look bad" and I recall reading on this page, or perhaps the Chabad website, that what we as Jews do, are responsible for the impression that others get for our actions. In other words, yes, Bernie was a shande for us collectively. We are to be a "light unto the nations" and whether we like it or not, people do judge Jews by the actions of the "only" Jew they ever meet, or the bad behavior of Jews that make the news. Interesting though, that the man in Lori's story was willing to work for another Jewish family, so maybe, in his heart, he knew the right thing to do, was not to generalize, and so "gave us another chance"

(5) samuel Posin, June 26, 2012 4:38 PM

So true

Lori, Thanks for these kind of stories! I live in a small town where I am about the only Jew who wears a kippah in public so it helps remind me that everything I do reflects on how others perceive the Jewish people and that we must always be an example to the world.

(4) Rosen, June 26, 2012 4:26 PM

responsibility and looking out for others

Whenever I see someone drop money or leave their purse or wallet behind, I try to be sure to return it to them than keep it for myself because returning people's money, purses, wallets, and other property can make one feel much better than stealing it away from that person.

(3) suzy, June 26, 2012 7:27 AM

good reminder that we Jews should be aware of what we do and keep trying to make a good impact in the world.

(2) Gavin-Chaim Marsden, June 25, 2012 9:57 PM

Kiddush Hashem

Kol HaKavod to the doctor that saved the mans life on the plane.It is indeed a Kiddush Hashem.I would like to go one step further though.Whenever we wear a yarmulka we are doing a Kiddush Hashem.We are acknowledging that there is a Higher Power,not only to ourselves but to the world around us.In acknowledging Hashem in such a public way it is of course incumbent upon us to act with kindness,love and empathy towards our fellow wo/man.Walk with Hashem,wear a yarmulka

(1) Anonymous, June 25, 2012 8:05 PM


Thank you for the wonderful story. And, I add my thanks to the doctor.


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