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If a person can shop for books and shoes online, why not do the same for hip replacements and cataract removals? Why not indeed, agrees Israel’s medical community — which is leveraging its outstanding reputation in the medical field to garner a larger piece of the lucrative pie of one of today’s fast-growing industries: medical tourism.
For close to 50 years, Rav Chaim Kreiswirth occupied the throne of the Antwerp rabbanus, weaving together a lifetime of brilliant Torah scholarship and boundless chesed. A decade after his passing on 16 Teves 5762, the keepers of Rav Chaim’s legacy — today’s leaders of the Antwerp kehillah — recall the incredible personality that the Jews of the city took such pride in having as their leader.
When Rabbi Shaya Erps first thought of creating a cadre of volunteers who would respond to nonemergency dilemmas, his friends were less than encouraging: “Nice idea, but it will never work.” But Rabbi Erps didn’t give up so fast, and it worked. So if you’re stuck with a flat tire on your way to catch a plane, or you’re locked out of your house as it begins to snow, you can thank Rabbi Erps when a Chaverim volunteer comes to the rescue.
They have no face, no name, and no official leadership. They live on isolated hilltops, arousing the anger of their Palestinian neighbors. The security forces who’ve tried to evacuate them gave up against the phenomenon calling itself the “hilltop youth.” Yet when an anonymous arsonist strikes a mosque in the middle of the night, all fingers are pointed at them. When IDF property is damaged, everyone is certain that they are responsible. Are they behind the mysterious “price tag” activities?