“If we do not help a man in trouble, it is as if we caused the trouble.”
Although this was said first in the late 1700s by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the great-grandson of the founder of the chasidic movement, the Baal Shem Tov, it could have been said in mid-September, 2013, by Rabbi Pesach Scheiner, co-director of Chabad of Boulder: “Why are you doing all this work to help people you don’t even know recover from the flood?”
Rabbi Scheiner and his wife and co-director Chany Scheiner completed their preparations for Yom Kippur as the water rose around their house with its attached Orthodox shul. Then they mobilized their relief efforts.
“We just did what needed to be done — what anyone would have done.” That’s what they both say when asked about their relief efforts. However, closer inspection reveals that they did more.