Sep 29, 2009

Stoning Ambulances is no longer a Haredi problem

Every year, after Yom Kippur, we get to hear all the statistics of injuries and other items from Yom Kippur. MDA always announces how many pregnant women they transported to the hospital, how many kids were injured on bikes, how many people fainted from the heat and/or fasting, etc.

Generally MDA throws into the notice a mention of how many ambulances were stoned by Haredim for driving during Yom Kippur.

This year, the notice was slightly different. MDA said "This year, in the cities of Haifa, Ashdod, Kiryat Shmona, Netanya and Kiryat Gat, there were incidents of children and teens, not haredi, causing disturbances to ambulances"

It is nice to see that some people are maturing and realizing that an ambulance driving to the hospital is doing so because of Pikuach Nefesh and not in order to violate the sanctity of the day, and that such an ambulance does nto need to be stoned....


  1. Nicer still that MDA had the guts to point out that the people causing disturbances were not chareidi, rather than leaving it open and triggering another round of chareidi bashing.

  2. Is the thought that Haredim used to stone ambulances on YK supposed to cheer me up?

  3. Abbi - I would hope not, but what was was. At least now they are getting past it and stoning no more.

  4. Am I missing something?

    I can see why (even though I certainly condemn) someone would stone a "causal" driver on Shabbos or Yom Kippur?

    But why would anyone -- chareidi or otherwise -- stone an ambulance? Do they not hold of "v'chai bahem?"

    The Wolf

  5. Just mentioning that it was kids from those places shows you that it was different kids. Don't know why they did it though.


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