Rarely-Seen Video Shows Hareidi Rav’s Love for IDF
An emotional YouTube video, which previously had only 1,000 views, shows the love of hareidi Rabbi Grossman for the IDF. It takes place in the Second Lebanon War.
He received a phone call from a religious-Zionist father whose son was among several hundred paratroopers stuck at a hangar in metropolitan Tel Aviv, without proper facilities, while the government was trying to figure out how to deploy the reservists during the middle of the war.
Rabbi Grossman immediately invited all of the soldiers to his campus for youth-at-risk, Migdal Ohr, where they enjoyed a swimming pool and barbecue. The rabbi bought thousands of dollars worth of food and equipment until they were called to the front, leaving Migdal Ohr with a blessing from Rabbi Grossman.
He said he prayed for their safety every day and even visited them at the front and later welcomed them back at Migdal Ohr after the war.
The video was sent to Arutz Sheva by a reader shortly after the recent passing of Zev Wolfson, an 84-year-old American philanthropist who shied away from publicity and who was a large benefactor of Rabbi Grossman’s Migdal Ohr school for girls in Migdal HaEmek, located in the Lower Galilee in northern Israel.
Rabbi Grossman wrote in a recent Belz yeshiva weekly newsletter that he first met Wolfson 42 years ago when he was fundraising for an organization. After speaking at a synagogue, the rabbi was approached by Wolfson, who invited him to his home and explained that he wanted to contribute money to help promote Judaism and Torah learning.
With Wolfson’s help, Rabbi Grossman established an educational network, but the benefactor asked that his name not be publicized.
Former Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said that the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin once told him, “There isn’t another Jew in the entire world who singlehandedly did so much for Am Yisrael and the State of Israel as Zev Wolfson,” the HaModia newspaper reported.
Wolfson was born in Lithuania and was deported to Siberia during the Holocaust. He later moved to the United States, where he succeeded in real estate and a hedge fund and became a multimillionaire.
He helped finance the Lakewood Yeshiva in New Jersey and also was a fervent supporter of Israel. Wolfson reportedly pressured then-President Richard Nixon to send supplies to Israel after the Yom Kippur War began in 1973.