Former ZAKA Chief Yehuda Meshi Zahav Dies

Adina Kutnicki

By Adina Kutnicki

'I will visit my parents' graves to tell them I've been named for the Israel Prize'WITHIN traditional Judaism, upon a person’s demise, it is often followed by the words “Baruch dayan ha’emet”, “Blessed is [the] True Judge.” Had circumstances been different, the passing of the founder of ZAKA would (doubly) merit said veneration.

“ZAKA International Rescue Unit operates at mass casualty incidents around the world. ZAKA is Israel’s primary rescue and recovery volunteer organization ….. ”

THE two-tier question becomes: Why is this time different? And, even if a person’s accomplishments involve highly positive endeavors, does this affirmative aspect cancel out all of the (physical and spiritual) trauma inflicted upon innocents?? Rhetorical. For instance, if a highly decorated war hero brings the nation to victory, should they be forgiven for betraying the nation, once they enter the political fray? Of course not. In fact, they deserve double punishment — in so far that they inflicted societal harm with the full understanding of the…

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