Word spread quickly after he convinced the commander that he wasn’t kidding around. They were awed by his generosity. They were mechabed him with a little bit of a drasha. I saw the video of it (see below), where he thanked them and he told them of the concept of hakaras harov, appreciating what others do for you.
“The reason why I and my family are able to be safe is because people like you keep us safe,” he said.
After he finished to a round of applause and standing ovation, a fellow walked over to him. He said, “Sir, I want you to know something. I’m from Kentucky. We are all from Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee.. and there are not many Jews around there. I happen to put on tefillin every day. To be honest with you my fellow soldiers make fun of me, not because they are anti-Semetic, just they think I’m a weirdo, I have horns. I have been the butt of all their jokes. And now, because of you, tomorrow I am going to be the hero because they saw what Orthodox Jews are all about.”
That really in a very beautiful way shows us what our mission is on this earth. Our job here is to sanctify and glorify the Ribono Shel Olam’s name by the way we act and behave. The people should look at Torah Jews and said, those people are heroes. They are the ones doing G-d’s work.
Today, you have the opportunity to make an Orthodox Jew into a hero. What are you going to do about it?