My Type of Holocaust Survivor

Baruch Gordon,

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Baruch Gordon
Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva - website in 1995 and served as manager and News Director for its English Media Department for 14 years. Today he serves as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Israel Defense Forces Preparatory Academy in Bet El and Bet El Institutions. He also directs which offers countrywide tours of Israel. Baruch founded in Bet El a Smicha Program for working men, and received his smicha in 2014 from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Baruch served in the IDF Search and Rescue Unit. Born and raised in Memphis, he was elected International President of United Synagogue Youth in high school and soon after became religious while studying at Tufts University. Baruch resides with his wife Anat, a native Israeli, in Bet El and has 7 Sabra children and even more grandchildren. ...

Every holocaust survivor inspires awe in me. I salute these chosen ones who endured living hell just for being Jewish. Not all of them came out physically and mentally normal, but who are we to judge? Each and every one of them is kadosh – holy.

In this morning’s news, there is a report of a holocaust survivor who, at the age of 82, maintained his composure, kept his cool, and responded instantaneously and valiantly to Arab thieves who were in the midst of burglarizing his home.

This is unbelievable. It’s the story of the year that arouses such pride to be a part of a nation with elders like him. Here’s what happened:

The elder holocaust survivor from Moshav Bet Yitzhak near Netanya (a 40-minute drive north of Tel Aviv) told police that upon arriving home from a family gathering Monday night, he heard noises in his house. Instead of fleeing, this hero/superJew confronted the mysterious sounds only to find two Arabs in their 30’s stealing valuables from his home. The Arabs were armed with their break-in equipment in their hands.

The 82-year-old felt threatened, drew his gun and fired at both of them, killing one on the spot. The other thief was hit, fled 100 yards from the house, and then collapsed. The holocaust survivor quickly called the police who, together with an ambulance, treated and arrested the seriously-injured Arab man and transferred him to the hospital under guard.

Police say that this region of Israel, the Sharon, has been plagued with numerous home burglaries perpetrated by Arabs from the nearby Palestinian-Authority town of TulKarm. The thieves need only make the 13-minute get-away drive into TulKarm, where Israeli police have no jurisdiction, and where the local Palestinian police are often the perpetrators themselves or partnered with them.

I salute this 82-year-old holocaust survivor whose bitter, childhood experiences inspired him with courage, daring and resoluteness. Thank you, sir, for inspiring us all today – you are truly an example to follow.

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