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Jerusalem - Chasidic Yeshiva Students Nearly Killed In Chevron Riot Express Gratitude In Emotional Reunion With Palestinian Savior

Published on: February 27, 2018 12:57 PM
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Moshe Lefkowitz and Shlomo Kraus meeting with Faiz Reit (C) in Gush Etzion. Moshe Lefkowitz and Shlomo Kraus meeting with Faiz Reit (C) in Gush Etzion.

Jerusalem - Nearly two and a half years after being saved from an angry mob, two Chasidic men arranged a reunion with the Palestinian man who rescued them from what appeared to be certain death.

According to Israel’s News 20 (http://bit.ly/2BUKiRp), Moshe Lefkowitz and Shlomo Kraus shared an emotional meeting with Faiz Reit in Gush Etzion last week, recalling the frightening moments when Waze directed them into a Palestinian neighborhood while on their way to Mearas Hamachpeila.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2BTyAq9), Lefkowitz and Kraus were with three other American yeshiva students whose car was set on fire after being surrounded by dozens of stone throwing Palestinians.  Reit intervened, sheltering the group in his home until they were rescued by Israeli security forces.

Kraus referred to Reit as an angel as he greeted him warmly saying, “From death to life. You saved us. You brought us back to life.”

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“We are all brothers, all of us and we need to live together in the same land and it should be peaceful and good,” replied Reit, who received death threats in the days following the heroic rescue.

The two Chasidic men introduced Reit to their wives, telling him that it was only through his bravery that they lived to marry.  Reit responded by blessing them with good luck, sons and happiness.

Both men bestowed Reit with warm wishes of their own, delivered in Arabic.

“Thank you for saving our lives,” said Lefkowitz. “May G-d bless you.”

Lefkowitz and Kraus presented Reit with a letter of blessing, translated into Arabic, as well as an elaborate gilded chandelier, festooned with flowers.  The fixture was so large that it took three men to maneuver it into Reit’s small hatchback.

“This is for you, for a present, because … you lit up our lives so we want to light up your life forever and ever with this,” said Kraus.

Watching footage of the daring rescue, the Charedi men recalled how Reit rushed them into his home, urging them in Hebrew to be patient, reassuring them that the police would get them out of Chevron and providing them with hospitality.

“We asked for water,” said Kraus. “Not only did he give water, first he drank the water to show there’s no poison, there was nothing wrong and then he gave us.

”The reunion ended with hugs, an exchange of phone numbers and a promise by Lefkowitz and Kraus to come visit Reit in his home, possibly with the other three men who had been in their group.

“We can never forget about him,” said Kraus. “We will never forget about him.”

Below video of their dramatic rescue



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 Feb 27, 2018 at 01:35 PM rachelw Says:

Beautiful! If only others could see things thru the same lens as this friendly and kindly yishmaeli, who’s obviously resisted the brainwashing inherent in their culture. And good for our boys who showed hakoras hatov with heart and soul.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 01:47 PM Educated Archy Says:

Beautiful. This is an anomally not the norm for a Palestinian who soaks in jewish blood. Furthermore thankfully, Faiz was a secular arab and not a frum arab. The frumma would never save a jewish life.

Either way may Faiz live a long healthy and prosperous life (Biz a hunderd tzvontzig I suppose )

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 02:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Educated Archy Says:

Beautiful. This is an anomally not the norm for a Palestinian who soaks in jewish blood. Furthermore thankfully, Faiz was a secular arab and not a frum arab. The frumma would never save a jewish life.

Either way may Faiz live a long healthy and prosperous life (Biz a hunderd tzvontzig I suppose )

Wow? Shecheyoni lazman hazeh. Today you benching them. There are thousand of muslims in the IDF. There are tens of millions worldwide who dont hurt Jews. It took you time but b"h you woke up.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 02:53 PM LuckyStrike Says:

Nice, but Faiz would probably had preferred the $$ than that extravagant chandelier. They should have at least asked him first what he'd like.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 04:15 PM Educated Archy Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Wow? Shecheyoni lazman hazeh. Today you benching them. There are thousand of muslims in the IDF. There are tens of millions worldwide who dont hurt Jews. It took you time but b"h you woke up.

Wrong there are not thousands in the IDF maybe 100's . Provide a source for that.

Re there are tens of millions who don't hurt jews and I'll add that those tens of millions also won't even cheer when they hear jews died. But,

1) Those tens of millions are mostly non frum muslims. When I curse out muslims I mean those that believe and follow Islam . If you are not frum (i.e don't daven 5 times a day, don't fast 40 days on ramadan, don't abastian from alcohol, don't wear the proper muslim attire etc...) then you don't believe in Islam and won't believe in its hateful, violence promotion. This is especially if you are secular and westernized.

2) There may be tens of millions that don't hate us but there are 100's of millions that do.

The number of muslims that cheer when we die is far higher than of any other group.

The gruesomeness of Islamc crimes are far more ruthless than any other religon. They are the only ones still kidnapping girls and selling them as slaves, chopping heads off on you tube, blowing themselves up near innocent women & children etc..

Sum up those factors and its fair to say Islam is a religon of hate. May the frum muslims suffer with yena machla.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 05:27 PM Anonymous Says:

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Educated Archy Says:

Wrong there are not thousands in the IDF maybe 100's . Provide a source for that.

Re there are tens of millions who don't hurt jews and I'll add that those tens of millions also won't even cheer when they hear jews died. But,

1) Those tens of millions are mostly non frum muslims. When I curse out muslims I mean those that believe and follow Islam . If you are not frum (i.e don't daven 5 times a day, don't fast 40 days on ramadan, don't abastian from alcohol, don't wear the proper muslim attire etc...) then you don't believe in Islam and won't believe in its hateful, violence promotion. This is especially if you are secular and westernized.

2) There may be tens of millions that don't hate us but there are 100's of millions that do.

The number of muslims that cheer when we die is far higher than of any other group.

The gruesomeness of Islamc crimes are far more ruthless than any other religon. They are the only ones still kidnapping girls and selling them as slaves, chopping heads off on you tube, blowing themselves up near innocent women & children etc..

Sum up those factors and its fair to say Islam is a religon of hate. May the frum muslims suffer with yena machla.

Ur hapless words of trying to minimize decent Muslims’ acts of kindness are empty. Theyre are animals on both sides. Many Israelis unfortunately killed Muslims too. Of course we dont wanna compare being that were JEWISH and adhere to the Torah while theyre MUSLIM. While not condoning violence on anyone, they are still Yishmaelim/rotzchim
and we are Jews that shld know better. Dont deminish the fact of open hospitality of this guy and Im sure there are way more many that wld do the same While there are many more Israelis than u wanna admit that are murderers. And May G D NOT smite anyone with diseases I dont even wanna mention.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 06:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Educated Archy Says:

Wrong there are not thousands in the IDF maybe 100's . Provide a source for that.

Re there are tens of millions who don't hurt jews and I'll add that those tens of millions also won't even cheer when they hear jews died. But,

1) Those tens of millions are mostly non frum muslims. When I curse out muslims I mean those that believe and follow Islam . If you are not frum (i.e don't daven 5 times a day, don't fast 40 days on ramadan, don't abastian from alcohol, don't wear the proper muslim attire etc...) then you don't believe in Islam and won't believe in its hateful, violence promotion. This is especially if you are secular and westernized.

2) There may be tens of millions that don't hate us but there are 100's of millions that do.

The number of muslims that cheer when we die is far higher than of any other group.

The gruesomeness of Islamc crimes are far more ruthless than any other religon. They are the only ones still kidnapping girls and selling them as slaves, chopping heads off on you tube, blowing themselves up near innocent women & children etc..

Sum up those factors and its fair to say Islam is a religon of hate. May the frum muslims suffer with yena machla.

Islam and Judaism are the same faith with only a few ritual differences (See Rambam Responsa #448: Muslims are not idolaters at all. [Idolatry] has been
eradicated from their mouths and hearts. They unify G-d without question…
Likewise all contemporary Muslims, including women and children, have
eradicated idolatrous beliefs… In respect of the unity of God, they are in no error at all.

Mishneh Torah (Hilkhot Melakhim 11:10–12), "All those words of ....Mohammed .. are only to make straight the path for the messianic king and to prepare the whole world to serve the Lord together. As it is said: 'For then I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech so that all of them shall call on the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord' (Zephaniah 3:9)."

See Rav Kook Mishpat Kohen chaps 58-63, 69 under the section on heter mechira in which Rav Kook explains that the Arabs of the Holy Land are Gerei Toshav and that Lo Techanem does not apply to them.

Please also see Pele Yoetz Rabbi Eliezer Papo Chapter 47-Galut in which Rabbi Papo explains why a Jew should better live among Muslims rather than among Christians.

Your views are not from Jewish sources.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 06:33 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Ur hapless words of trying to minimize decent Muslims’ acts of kindness are empty. Theyre are animals on both sides. Many Israelis unfortunately killed Muslims too. Of course we dont wanna compare being that were JEWISH and adhere to the Torah while theyre MUSLIM. While not condoning violence on anyone, they are still Yishmaelim/rotzchim
and we are Jews that shld know better. Dont deminish the fact of open hospitality of this guy and Im sure there are way more many that wld do the same While there are many more Israelis than u wanna admit that are murderers. And May G D NOT smite anyone with diseases I dont even wanna mention.

Such utter naiveness stupidity. There were good nazis too. And ask yonasonw if he likes when trump said fine people on all sides.

The barbarism when it comes to muslms pals in comoasiron to the very few line wolf jews. That's both in size and numbers.

There are not ,MANY israeli's that kill muslims. Its far and few and loners.
There are MANY muslims that kill

Furthermore, Many muslims rape and sell young girls as slaves. Which jews do that?

Which jews commit massive terror attacks or chop off heads on you tube?

Where do you think its safer to walk? Is it safe for a jew to walk around in rammaalh, pakastain, Afghanistan, Iraq , Syria, Lybia. ? How about muslim nieghboorhoods in Paris, Beligum etc Now is it safe for a muslim to walk in the streets of Tel Aviv, BP, Willamsburg?

Its insane how can compare the two. Get it thru your head. Frum muslims generally want you dead. We never ever encourage violence even against our enemies and no jew should even think about lifting a gun , rock or committing price tags against muslims. However, there is a concept in judiasm to daven that hashem take nekama on our enemies. So daven this purim that Muslims end up like Haman and his ilk.

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 Feb 27, 2018 at 09:14 PM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Islam and Judaism are the same faith with only a few ritual differences (See Rambam Responsa #448: Muslims are not idolaters at all. [Idolatry] has been
eradicated from their mouths and hearts. They unify G-d without question…
Likewise all contemporary Muslims, including women and children, have
eradicated idolatrous beliefs… In respect of the unity of God, they are in no error at all.

Mishneh Torah (Hilkhot Melakhim 11:10–12), "All those words of ....Mohammed .. are only to make straight the path for the messianic king and to prepare the whole world to serve the Lord together. As it is said: 'For then I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech so that all of them shall call on the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord' (Zephaniah 3:9)."

See Rav Kook Mishpat Kohen chaps 58-63, 69 under the section on heter mechira in which Rav Kook explains that the Arabs of the Holy Land are Gerei Toshav and that Lo Techanem does not apply to them.

Please also see Pele Yoetz Rabbi Eliezer Papo Chapter 47-Galut in which Rabbi Papo explains why a Jew should better live among Muslims rather than among Christians.

Your views are not from Jewish sources.

The sources all don't represent modern day times and threats . For 2000 years Christianity was soaked in Jewish blood all over Europe . And the arabs were less violent . However things evolved . Christianity became peaceful and Islam moved backwards into a religion of hate and gruesomeness .

As far as which belief is more kefira in terms of religion , that's irrelevant to my point . I am not discussing which religion is more closer to Judaism nor whether you are considered an oved avoda Zara for Christianity vs Islam . That's for the seforim to decide whether serving a prophet is as bad as yoshka. The issue at hand though is a more practical one . Who in modern day times is a violent intolerant barbaric religion ? Which religion is comitting terror attacks , raping and beating girls etc in the 21st century ? And where is someone not from that religion safer ? Is it safer for a Muslim to walk the streets of Rome or Tel Aviv or is it safer for a Jew to walk the streets of Ramallah, Paris etc...

Don't start with theological debates . Practically where is it safer and who is the barbaric one

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 Feb 28, 2018 at 01:03 AM Anonymous Says:

Well, I think this was very nice... a little late maybe, but hakores hatov is always welcome. As for the chandelier.... I agree, it seems weird, but maybe they did ask him first. The hero can always sell it!

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