A Bum Deal

Rufus Hannah's remarkable true story of unspeakable exploitation and redemption, and the man who saved him.

Rufus Hannah was an alcoholic homeless person, exploited by a group of young people to do inhumane stunts for the infamous underground video series, Bumfights. Barry Soper was the businessman who saw Rufus’s humanity and through his mentorship, enabled him to get sober and build a productive life. This video tells their truly inspiring story and demonstrates the Torah principle that every person is created in the image of God. (Viewer discretion is advised.)

This video is a clip from the documentary “Seeds of Resiliency”. Click here for more information.

Click here to see another inspiring clip from this documentary.

Comments (12)

(10) Anonymous, February 11, 2014 4:39 PM

Inspiring, but . . .

This is a very inspirational story, but I wonder what might have happened if that *gentile* man hadn't told Barry Soper that he needed to hire the two men. Sad - but not surprising - that his first instinct was to just get rid of them instead of helping them. Hopefully others who see this will learn from it and try to help others instead of reacting as he did at first.

(9) Joseph Apicella, February 10, 2014 5:31 PM

one mitsvah leads to another

Saving the soul of one homeless man has lead to the homless man helping other homeless people. Stories like this bring us closer to G_d.

(8) suzi, February 10, 2014 12:34 AM

Amazing man gives back the best way.

I feel so conflicted. It is wonderful to see what this gentle man, was finally blessed with, and heart breaking to see the kind of people, and situations, he was subjected to, and endured. G-D bless him for his transition, and for the heart to continually help others out of their traps.

(7) Anonymous, February 9, 2014 11:14 PM


Baruch haShem for the good people in this video! Anyone who has ever felt low knows how easy it is to end up homeless, if you lack the necessary support network.I pray that we all look out for each other more, show that we care. and there is light, and goodness in life, even if the pain is overwhelming.

(6) Anonymous, February 9, 2014 10:53 PM

Did the horrible sadists who inflicted Rufus with humiliation and injury in the name of profit and "entertainment" ever suffer any kind of arrest and punishment? That people could do this to another human being made me physically sick. How I admire this man and his mentor, as well as the minister who was the catalyst for his mentor to really DO something.

Hana-Bashe, July 14, 2015 4:08 PM

Yes, the producers were prosecuted.


(5) BrerRabbi, February 9, 2014 10:46 PM

What about responsibility

Those people who exploited him should pay for his damages at the very least. Have they?

(4) Anonymous, February 9, 2014 9:44 PM

get his videos off youtube

I cant understand how the videos are still on youtube...its so unfair on him can we not make a protest to get them deleted.

Chai, February 21, 2014 8:02 AM

I agree!

If you make a petition to get those videos removed, I'd sign it!

(3) Yoshi W, February 9, 2014 5:55 PM

Thats the exact approach

Thanks for this video, this is the exact approach We must use when dealing with teens and older who leave Yiddishkeit, we must (and some of us do) reach out and show them that WE CARE.

Patience, Love and Caring works with most people, Lovingly, YW

(2) Anonymous, February 9, 2014 5:02 PM

What are we doing about this?

An incredible video (BTW, although I am far from an 'Aish' person, I really like this weekly newsletter). Here is my question: what can we, the O community, do to similarly help? Are there any programs we can support or be active in?

(1) Ellen, February 9, 2014 9:35 AM

Amazing Story!

Wow! This has really made me think. How fortunate for him and us that he decided to get sober. He is an extraordinary human being. Thank you Barry Soper for your help.


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