Sad turn of events

This person, used to have a grocery shop in Carlisle Street, Melbourne. Always seemed an affable and likeable person. Money is a Tayva that’s difficult to control, even for the best of us.

Author: pitputim

I've enjoyed being a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia, as well as band leader/singer for the Schnapps Band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and later in life at Machon L'Hora'ah, Yeshivas Halichos Olam.

13 thoughts on “Sad turn of events”

  1. Maybe his motivation was no only for money itself. Maybe he had a bigger more noble goal and he needed the money for it, or maybe he thought he was doing a good deed helping to sage a person’s life. We need to be careful not to rush to judgement. .


    1. Or maybe he was wholly motivated by business considerations, just as when he was running a shop. Commerce is not a bad thing; in fact the “eshes chayil” is praised for engaging in it. R’ Rosenbaum’s actions apparently led to some sick people getting kidney transplants – would anyone suggest that they have them removed? If his only sin is that he received money for performing a mitzva then I would like his gehinnom.


      1. People, when there is a massive Chillul Hashem on the offing you don’t engage in such things even if your intentions were to “save kidneys”.
        I’m being kind here.


          1. You did. The three weeks do not obviate Chillul Hashem. On the contrary, they ask for the type of cheshbon hanefesh that isn’t blind to obvious damage; the type of damage which caused the three weeks.
            I’m waiting for you to quote “Gam Zu L’Tova” in the name of the three weeks. Sheesh.


  2. You are all being very kind. Google ‘Rosenbaum kidney’ and see what and how many results you get.

    From one ”
    “Art Caplan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania and a co-chairman of a United Nations task force on organ trafficking, said kidneys are the most common of all trafficked organs because they can be harvested from live donors, unlike other organs. He said Rosenbaum had pleaded guilty to one of the “most heinous crimes against another human being.”


      1. It’s these elements of melamud zchus, pseudo-mesira, apathy etc that lets frum Jews get away with anything including rape, molesting, stealing with no repercussions except a plane ticket to Israel.

        And if you do google “Rosenbaum kidney” the first page of results are white-supremests who are having a field-day.


            1. Not being charged doesn’t mean it wasn’t pursued in favor of the substantive crime. It was raised in response to those who portrayed him as a knight in shining armor solely or mostly motivated by some pursuit as a great facilitator of kidneys for the betterment of the human condition—a shadchan of body parts.


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