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Quebec Montreal - In Letter To Canadian Newspaper, Non-Jewish Woman Praises Hatzoloh For Helping Her

Published on: November 26, 2012 10:46 AM
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In this file photo obtained by VosIzNeias.com (L-R) Dovid Weinbaum and Yossi Wenger from Montreal Hatzoloh are shown in image. On Nov. 16 2012 The pair who Volunteer for Hatzoloh came to the rescue of a non-Jewish woman that prompted her to write to the Canadian newspaper praising the work of Weinbaum and WengerIn this file photo obtained by VosIzNeias.com (L-R) Dovid Weinbaum and Yossi Wenger from Montreal Hatzoloh are shown in image. On Nov. 16 2012 The pair who Volunteer for Hatzoloh came to the rescue of a non-Jewish woman that prompted her to write to the Canadian newspaper praising the work of Weinbaum and Wenger

Quebec Montreal - When Nicole Drapeau of Montreal slipped on a patch of ice two weeks ago and broke her ankle, she got more than just free medical treatment for her injury. She says she had her faith in mankind restored.

In a letter to The Montreal Gazette (http://bit.ly/XTpiS4), Drapeau relates her ordeal on Nov. 16 2012, and tells how surprised she was when help came to her from an unlikely source with “a sense of community” – Hatzoloh.  “After about 10 minutes, a man with a hat and long beard – a Hasidic Jew – comes along and starts asking questions, and after about 30 seconds, takes his phone and starts to call for help,” Drapeau wrote. “We tell him we have called an ambulance already, but he says it will take a minimum of 40 minutes. After about five to seven minutes, a van arrives with two other men of the same group. . . .They took my vital signs, and put me into their van to keep warm.”

Drapeau says she wrote the letter because she wanted to express her gratitude to Hatzolah – a group she had never heard of – but felt that a monetary donation was not sufficient. “I think that people should be acknowledged for their good deeds,” she said. “I want to make sure that Team W47N72 of the Hatzoloh D & W Division gets heartfelt thanks from an ever-grateful French-Canadian lady they found on a sidewalk in pain.”

An hour later, the ambulance finally responded to the scene. Had it not been for the “charitable man” who called his friend at Hatzoloh, Drapeau says she would have spent those 60 minutes waiting on a freezing sidewalk for help to arrive.


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 Nov 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Mi K'amcha Yisroel!

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM Anonymous Says:

This lady ought to go on the anti-semitie's radio program

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 12:39 PM Chaim Says:

Excellent example of kiddish Hashem

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 01:03 PM rsnwsr Says:

Hatzolah in Montreal is a great organization, it's just a shame they aren't allowed to transport with their own ambulance. Maybe with the first Jewish Mayor in Montreal (as reported on VIN the other day) they'll finally be able to get their own license to transport.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #3  
Chaim Says:

Excellent example of kiddish Hashem

#3: you're an excellent example of a human playing G-d.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 01:17 PM 5TResident Says:

Kiddush Hashem indeed, kudos to Hatzolah. Unfortunately, Montreal in general is not welcoming much to Jews anymore so this event will likely be buried in the Montreal press.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 03:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
MarkTwain2 Says:

#3: you're an excellent example of a human playing G-d.

What exactly are you implying...................

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 03:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
MarkTwain2 Says:

#3: you're an excellent example of a human playing G-d.

no he isn't

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM Moshe Says:

Reply to #5  
MarkTwain2 Says:

#3: you're an excellent example of a human playing G-d.

Always someone like 5 to ruin something beautiful

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM ShmuelG Says:

What is overlooked here by just about everybody is that Hatzolah arrived in "about five to seven minutes" and "An hour later, the ambulance finally responded to the scene." Add to that "about 10 minutes, a man with a hat and long beard – a Hasidic Jew – comes along" and you get an hour and twenty minutes of waiting for an ambulance. Having family in both Toronto and Montreal, I can confirm that it is normal. Find it difficult to believe? Just wait until our Obamacare is implemented.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 04:52 PM montrealJew Says:

When there is news about Israel hundreds of people write comments about how bad the Jews are but now all these people are very quiet, I wonder why...

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 05:37 PM Bklyn an Says:

5: If you must be mean keep to yourself

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM Butterfly Says:

To #2 I agree but this woman ought to go on a competitor's broadcast and put this one off the air!!

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 08:27 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

What exactly are you implying...................

I'm not implying anything. I'm explicitly stating that G-d decides what is and what isn't a kiddush Hashem and not us. Why do we all think we are entitled to make the call on this? Just call it something nice and be done.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #9  
Moshe Says:

Always someone like 5 to ruin something beautiful

How ironic of you to be negative and accusatory. Nowhere did I say the transpired event wasn't a beautiful and admirable thing, which it was. My point was entirely focused on the subjective commentators commentary. I'm just stating that G-d decides what is and what isn't a kiddush Hashem and not us. Why do we all think we are entitled to make the call on this? Just call it something nice and be done.

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 09:08 PM Sol Says:

Back in the 70s R' Hershel Weber Shlita followed his instincts when he founded Hatzolah!! Back then he knew that many lives will be saved and a massive kiddish Hsm will be repeated over & over again!! We should all learn from R' Hershel Shlita"

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM newtransplant Says:

A KIddush Hashem does not have to be verified by the Riboino Shel Oilom, anything we do that leads to praise of Hashem is a kiddush Hashem. Thus, contnuing to learn during Sandy was a kiddush Hashem, someone giving up a simcha to learn some more is a kiddush Hashem, travelling in bad weather to meet a speaking commitment is a kiddush Hashem and helping this woman was definitely a Kiddush Hashem. So says my husband who is a true Talmid Chochom (and only allows me to be on here because I am disabled).

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 Nov 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM Y M Postelnik Says:

Well done Yossi Wenger! Excellent work!

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 Nov 27, 2012 at 01:07 AM DovidTheK Says:

Reply to #10  
ShmuelG Says:

What is overlooked here by just about everybody is that Hatzolah arrived in "about five to seven minutes" and "An hour later, the ambulance finally responded to the scene." Add to that "about 10 minutes, a man with a hat and long beard – a Hasidic Jew – comes along" and you get an hour and twenty minutes of waiting for an ambulance. Having family in both Toronto and Montreal, I can confirm that it is normal. Find it difficult to believe? Just wait until our Obamacare is implemented.

Shmuel is right about this. With Obamacare and 1 hour waits for an ambulance in the future for Americans too, it will be even more important to have Hatzoloh available.

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 Nov 27, 2012 at 08:58 AM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

no he isn't

How and why is he entitled to categorize the occurred event as to whether or not Hashem viewed it as a kiddush of his name? We throw around the term too loosely and doing so is brazen bc it conveys that we think we own such powers. Did he know all of the thoughts and intentions? G-d does. A beautiful act was performed and made a favorable impression of us on a lady. Why the need to tout it as a kiddush Hashem when there is no physical way for us to possibly know this and thus proclaiming so is brazen and a distant cousin of the Dor Haflagah who too viewed themselves as contemporaries with G-d. This is akin to the girl seminary applications that ask for ratings of girls ruchnious levels. Who are we to rate such?

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 Nov 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM Melech Says:

The owner of Foto Finish, which was a camera store, formerly located on Newkirk Plaza, Brooklyn, in the 1960's, and 1970's, told me that he came from Montreal in either the 1930's or 1940's; and, anti-semitism was ripe in Montreal, and he was glad to have come to Brooklyn. It appears that not much has changed over the years. Incidentally, to have to wait over an hour for an ambulance is a disgrace. In my community, the response time is about 7-8 minutes. We have the best paramedics, in the USA1

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 Nov 27, 2012 at 07:35 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #12  
Bklyn an Says:

5: If you must be mean keep to yourself

Actually you're the one who made a mean comment, not me. I didn't say anything mean.How ironic of you to be negative and accusatory. Nowhere did I say the transpired event wasn't a beautiful and admirable thing, which it was. My point was entirely focused on the subjective commentators commentary. I'm just stating that G-d decides what is and what isn't a kiddush Hashem and not us. Why do we all think we are entitled to make the call on this? Just call it something nice and be done.

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