Dovetailing nicely with previous thoughts on the topic of charity, a blogger and mother of two Israeli soldiers gives us a story of what charity’s supposed to look like. Following the massacre of an Israeli family by an Iranian-backed terrorist organization, one man is taking up an extraordinary committment to be a ”good neighbor”:
Quietly, over the last few days, a man has been coming to the house bringing food and stocking the kitchen. His name is Rami Levy and he owns a chain of supermarkets. I’ve heard amazing stories about him in the past but this one beats all I have ever heard.
Every day, Rami Levi comes by the shiva house to the Fogel family and fills the cupboards and refrigerator himself with food for the family and guests. Today, one of the relatives thanked him for this incredible kindness and his response brought me to tears,”You will get used to my face,” he told this family in mourning, “I have committed myself that every week I will deliver food and stock your home until the youngest orphan turns 18 years old.”
The youngest orphan of this tragedy is a young 2 year old boy who woke in the night and ran to his parents. Thankfully, by then, the terrorists had left, leaving a scene of unimaginable horror behind. The little boy ran to his parents and began to shake them, trying to wake them. His sister and a neighbor found him there, crying.
What Rami Levy has done is commit to 16 years of kindness.
As the owner of a supermarket chain, it may indeed be a small thing to Mr. Levy. But it undoubtedly should serve as a big example to the rest of us.