Posted by Heshy Fried on Mar 4, 2014 in | 14 comments
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Poe’s Law. There, I said it.
Whilst it’s a nice idea and his situation sucks it does make you ask why god does such horrible things to such nice people.
And if you believe that the mitzvah of tephilin has some halachic basis then not laying the shel yad on the right place on the top of the biceps not only invalidates the mitzvah but damages his ailment by making a bracha levatalah every day.
Could chabad be more interested in publicity than correctly performing mitzvot?
I think strapping strapping Tefilin around an IV he deserves some leeway.
You deserve a punch in the mouth.
Thank you Decent Human Being. I couldn’t agree with you more.
Threatening people on the internet, the sure sign of a decent human being.
You do the best you can to fulfill a mitzvah. If God is such an unspeakable north end of a southbound horse that She’ll make you sicker because you couldn’t perfectly wrap the straps around an IV line, then She deserves a kick in Her transcendental fork.
Firstly, he lays (wraps?) the tefillin in the wrong place on his arm at the beginning of the video without an IV.
Secondly, if you really believe that wrapping leather straps and boxes with parchments is Halacha lemoshe misinai then you must also accept the Halacha that not doing it correctly is a bracha levatalah, totally worthless and even damaging! Why does chabad allow a boy suffering from cancer to possibly risk god’s intervening by virtue of a mitzvah performed every day and instead cause him to not only not perform mitzvat tefillin but add averot to his life every day!
According to Rambam a bracha levatalah is midoriata.
Of course there is the possibility that tefillin is some rabbinic pagan invention in Talmudic times and so no damage done but the poor kid might psychologically fight cancer by thinking it’s helping. Hope so!
Reminds me of a book of Chassidic stories from the Holocaust my Dad got from his medical school mentor, a Bergen Belsen survivor.
In one of them a woman in one of the camps gave birth, unassisted, in the cold and wet and mud. She walked up with her newborn son and demanded the nearest guard’s knife. Her fellow sufferers told her not to, suicide is forbidden after all. The SS guard meekly handed over his blade. She circumcised her baby then and there, announced to her God that she had brought a kosher Jew into the world for His glory, as commanded.
The Rabbi who originally relayed this tale says it shook him to the bottom of his soul. He tells it every time he performs a bris.
You would find a hatful of jargon and a handful of footnotes to explain why she was an awful sinner. It wasn’t done on the eighth day. There was no cumin bandage. There was no MBP. The father or a duly licensed mohel didn’t perform the operation. The correct prayers weren’t uttered. So on. So forth.
What a story
And whether it’s a mitzvah or not, I believe in doing whatever one can to give the sick and dying comfort and strength in the face of the Big Jump, especially a kid whose long future has suddenly turned into a short, painful, degrading few months. If that means cutting them some slack in a few particulars and taking the will for the deed in some details, then fine. It may not be perfect yiddishkeit. It’s basic menschkeit.
your all a bunch of haters.
More chabad shilling on frum satire, I see.
Hey, I’m the above anonymous poster. I want to ask Heshy Fried mochilah for calling him a chabad shill espcially because he let my anti-chabad post on a different article go through (it had to be approved by a mod). I am very sorry.
His message was simply ,do a mitzvah in my zechus,
and we should all wish him a refuah shleima, instead of bickering,
Ahavat Yisrael is also a mitzvah….
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