When we think of Israel, we think about the incredible mesirut nefesh - self sacrifice - and how far people have gone to care for one another.
There is an amazing story from Rabbi Grossman’s early years in Migdal HaEmek of how he broke up a prostitution ring and saved hundreds of Jewish girls.
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When Rabbi Grossman arrived in Migdal Ha’Emek, he became aware of a notorious prostitution ring that sent Jewish women into the surrounding Arab villages.
Rabbi Grossman was extremely disturbed by this and learned the identity of the ringleader, “Pinchas”. Without thinking twice, Rabbi Grossman found out where this thug lived and confronted the man. Rabbi Grossman begged him to stop.
“Sorry, there's nothing I can do.” Pinhas told the Rabbi. “The money is too good to give up.”
But the Rabbi did not give up.
While they were talking, Pinhas mentioned that what got him into this “business” in the first place was his desire to buy an American car – a Chevrolet. A Chevy was something that every Israeli immigrant dreamed about in those days.
“A car!” cried Rabbi Grossman. “If I bought you a car, would you shut down this operation?”
“Absolutely,” Pinhas replied.
They sealed their deal with a handshake.
High customs fees made importing a car into Israel very expensive. Relatively poor himself, Rabbi Grossman took all of his savings from the sale of his apartment, about $35,000, and used it to buy Pinhas a brand new Chevrolet!
"There is no price too high to save the lives of these Jewish girls," Rabbi Grossman says remembering those days.
Ecstatic, Pinhas not only kept his word; but made sure that no one else ever replaced him. He became a close friend of the Rabbi and often drove him around in his coveted Chevy.
This story is an incredible example of how far we can go to save another Jew. It's also an inspiring reminder that when we identify a problem, that's a sign have the opportunity to do something about it.
Each of us has the ability to do something to save Jewish children. Whether it’s with our money or our time, we can all stand up for our brothers and sisters in Israel.
Today, we celebrate the many people, well-known and lesser-known, who have gone above and beyond to make sacrifices for Am Yisrael!
We celebrate YOU and all that you have done to ensure a thriving future for Israel's orphaned and underprivileged children.
The last 75 have been nothing short of miraculous and we're optimistic about what the next 75 years have in store!
Mazal tov and Yom Ha'Atzmaut Sameach!