07 January 2018

Pirsum haNes : Asher ElMaliah...and R' Eliezer Berland

21 Tevet 5778

UPDATE: B"H Mr. ElMaliah has been released from the hospital!!!

Asher ElMaliah (אשר אלמליח) before the attack. (WhatsApp/Facebook. Found at Times of Israel.)
TRIGGER WARNING for my male readers: A video in this post (in Hebrew, towards the end) has women in it. If you need to turn away, you may just listen to the audio. There is no singing. The same audio is also present at Shuvu Banim's site here and turns on automatically as you enter the page (the link is also elsewhere in the post).


Pirsum haNes (פרשום הנס) is advertising/spreading news about a miracle. It’s why Jews light Hanukkah candles every year in Kislev, which was not so long ago. But, the miracle I’m writing about is here and now, among us “moderns” and “post-moderns” whether religious or not. A skeptical generation, among whom professional skeptics can be found trying to shut down any notion that there can be a reality beyond the material world; and if not that, then the notion that this supernatural reality can manifest itself here in real time and real place.

I have written concerning R’ Eliezer Berland before; and now, Rivka Levy (Emunaroma) just put more ammunition into my hand, whether she knows it or not. 

If you understand spoken Hebrew, and read it, you can see and hear for yourself. Here’s what is translated into English: A timely pidyon-nefesh payment to R’ Berland literally saved Asher ElMaliah’s life; unbeknownst to the family, it was given to them before the incident and they were able to give it quickly.

You may recall that Mr. ElMaliah is the security guard who was stabbed by an Arab directly into his heart a couple of weeks ago. As if it could be any worse already – he had in fact passed away, according to his brother, R’ Shlomo ElMaliah, on Kan Channel 11*.). But he was restored to life, and I heard a woman say in the Hebrew interview that he was in a situation of death twice. When I finally found the video, below, I saw that the woman was his sister Shulamit.


R' Shlomo ElMaliah, Asher's brother, center. From Kan, found at Shuvu Banim. Video below (Hebrew).


There are 2 other audio files, 3 files all together, on the Shuvu Banim page. They are labeled ElMaliah 1 and ElMaliah 2. (אלמליח 1 & 2) and they appear to be transcribed in part in Hebrew there. I wish I had time to translate them (and, I'm sorry to say that I'm not especially good or fast at it)! I do know that R’ Berland’s name is mentioned.

I am looking forward to reading about what he experienced Upstairs…if haShem will let him tell the tale. Times of Israel has the latest article I could find on him.

Now, to you skeptics. How do you justify accusing Rav Berland of wrongdoing? If HaQadosh Baruch Hu does not accuse him, and even makes miracles for him, why do you continue to oppose him and persecute him? 

Are you out of your minds? HQB”H does NOT do these things for evil people who have not made teshuva (returned to HIM). You have to decide for yourselves whether the Rav sinned and made teshuva, or whether your accusations are false; and don’t forget, this is a matter of FACT, not opinion. But, any way you want to look at it, you will have to give them up.

Never mind emuna, for the moment. The thinking and observational skills you rely on are sorely lacking and have failed you. Now, what will you do?

Below is the clip I couldn't find on Kan's YouTube channel; nevertheless, it is still on YouTube all by itself. 

TRIGGER WARNING: Women are present: medical personnel and relatives. The only immodest things I can find here are perhaps the lack of hair covering (I say, perhaps, because I don't know who is married and who is not.) and uniform style (we can't do anything about that, for now.). I cannot prohibit the presence of women who took part in the saving of Asher Maliah, or who belong to his family. Those who need to turn away can always just listen to the audio. There is no singing.



Just as important, this video also includes the part about R' Eliezer Berland and the pidyon nefesh, as does the audio on the Shuvu Banim site.

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 *Kan כאן Channel 11 is the replacement of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA). It means "here."
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Here is someone who still needs a pidyon nefesh — Chaya Shaina Chana bat Itcha suffers greatly every minute — share in her healing and take a share in the mitzvah!

And finally...a R' Ephraim Sprecher video: Shifra & Puah - the REAL Wonder Women!



May Asher ben Sa'ada (or ben Tamar - whichever works...whichever is his mother's Hebrew name; both have been reported) come back fully to life, family and good deeds; and may he merit to see Mashiah Zidkenu with all 'Am Yisrael!





5 comments:

CDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

RE: the video with women in it: I also noticed a part where the woman who went to Mr. ElMaliah's aid was standing on a stage with a man who praised her for her actions. She had her arms firmly crossed through the whole speech, and then he extended his hand to shake hers. If you are watching the video, notice how slowly she acquiesces. To me she does not appear comfortable shaking his hand, even though she may appear secular by the style of her uniform.

This is one of the Jewish cultural norms religious women AND MEN adhere to. We nod to each other, rather than bowing or shaking hands.

Israel is still going through a lot of growing pains as Jews continue to live with one another in our own country. It will get better as we all learn how Jews are supposed to behave toward one another, be"H.

Anonymous said...

Throughout my learning, it was always Yocheved and Miriam who are portrayed as the midwives Puah and Shifra. Logically, it could very well be that when they were delivering a baby, they dressed as Egyptian women in case they would be caught. I think the majority opinion has been that Yocheved and Miriam are Puah and Shifra and this is why they are recognized as the great tzdkaniot that they were.

Rivka said...

Thanks for posting this, Chava.

P Almonius said...

See Avoda Zara 55a, that someone is healed is no proof. Start at א"ל זונין

https://www.sefaria.org.il/Avodah_Zarah.55a?lang=bi

CDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

Hi, P Almonius.

Thank you for your response to my post.

I understand your point and see its validity in general. However, I looked over the Talmud portion you linked to and even went further; and the specific situation being referred to in this post doesn't quite match up, according to the information I obtained to write what I did. I am, after all, rather detached from the situation. I don't know these people and must rely on easily-obtained information. I made sure the sources I was using were as reliable as I could from where I sit.

The healed person here, according to this information, never went to the Rav himself; he was lying on a bed in the hospital, unconscious. His brother went to the Rav in his place, according to his own words.

It also seems to me, from the text that you referred to, that you are also hinting that the injured/healed person's brother and/or the Rav that was consulted, was committing avodah zarah. I hope I am wrong; but please let us know.