Section: Avodah Category: Ahavas Yisroel
|Snuffing Out Your Competition?|
There were two competing
factories in Israel who fought for dominance in their particular
market. They were the only two producers of the products they made.
One of the factories was located near the northern border of Eretz
Yisroel and the other in Emek Yizrael.
During the early part
of the second Lebanon war in 2006 the factory near the northern border
was hit by a katyusha rocket and production ground to a halt due to the
damage to the factory's infrastructure, let alone the danger of
continuing rocket assaults. This was a severe blow to a factory
fighting for market share with a tough competitor.
owners did not know each other personally, they only knew of each other
through the marketplace and the customers whom they competed for. The
owner of the damaged factory was shocked to receive a phone call late
one night from his competitor whom he had never spoken to before. His
competitor offered him a proposition. He said that since his factory
only worked the daytime shift, he is offering the owner of the northern
factory to bring his people to Emek Yizrael and produce over there,
until his factory is functional once again. This way he can continue
supplying his customers with the goods they ordered, and desperately
Instead of taking advantage of his competitors downfall,
this non-religious Jew opened up his arms to rescue his rival. When
interviewed on the radio and applauded for his remarkable kindness and
sacrifice he commented, what else does one Jew do for another in times
Umi K'Amcha Yisroel!