Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Holocaust Survivor Saved Lives

Like every other person who has a heart, I cannot help but feel for all of those effected in yesterday's massacre at Virginia Tech. And those effected go well beyond those killed/injured and their families; it includes their friends, classmates, floormates, etc. This massacre very well may have effected tens of thousands of lives. No doubt, this will be something that we will remember forever - truly another Columbine.

But what breaks my heart even more was reading that a holocaust survivor was killed in the bloodshed. A man that not even the Nazi regime could murder was shot dead yesterday. And he wasn't shot dead because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time; he was shot dead because he, as the professor, was more interested in saving his students' lives than he was his own. As written in the Baltimore Sun article this morning, Liviu Librescu held the door shut, trying to fend off the shooter, while his students knocked out the windows and jumped to their safety.

May the shooter's soul be dealt with as harshly as the Nazi's who were unable to kill Librescu, and may this holocaust survivor's neshama be an aliyah for all of us.


Blogger nyfunnyman said...

This reminds me- about 7 years ago there was a Holocaust survivor who mamashed survived it all, and the 1st night of pesach was hit by a car and R"L killed.

LEt me say this: I have gotten arguments from people today that this wasn't a kiddush hashem, b/c he saved non- jews (as the rambam described the mitzvah a KH is when a yid does a mitzvah in front of other yidden). NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Saving innocent lives is absolutely a mitzvah, be it jews or non jews. while this wasn't "in front of 10 yidden" i believe the fact that this story has been publicized everywhere clearly makes this in front of yidden.

3:07 PM, April 17, 2007

Blogger AlanLaz said...

Those people need to take their heads out of the Rambam and actually think about what happened.

It would make sense that someone who was probably close to having his life taken from him once (in the holocaust) would think more selfishly this time around. The fact that he acted so selflessly is a Kiddush Hashem, whether or not it would count as such according to the Rambam.

3:10 PM, April 17, 2007

Blogger nyfunnyman said...

i agree 100%. i was saying that EVEN according to the strict definition given by the rambam, this clearly was a KH

9:53 PM, April 17, 2007


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