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    To The Boy Attacked by a Gorilla…

    Zimbabwean-born Rabbi Uriel Vigler writes to the little boy that was attacked by a 450-pound gorilla in the Cincinnati Zoo this week. Full Story, Video

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    she said flatly:
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    she said flatly:

    No matter how he uses his life, a human’s life is more important than an animal’s.

    umm
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    umm

    suppose this boys family reads this. you wrote ” if you grow up and perform acts of goodness and kindness, then you are much greater than the gorilla.” however this can be interpreted to mean that IF you dont grow up to do acts of goodness and kindness then no your life wasnt worth much more than the life of a gorilla! This is wrong. Whether he grows up to be a kind person or not his life will always be worth more than that of an animal simply because he is a human being. and he will always have… Read more »

    With respect i dissagree with the Rabbi...
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    With respect i dissagree with the Rabbi...

    Even if he grows up and does not perform acts of goodness and kindness, he needs to be saved at the expense of a gorilla. Perhaps the sentiment in the article is something that Hashem may say. However, as a fellow human, created in the image of Hashem we should not express ourselves to each other in this manner. This reminds me when the Rebbe asked someone where is Moshiach already and the guy responded with the verse “Today! – If you listen to my voice” The Rebbe responded that the “condition” in the verse is for Hashem to give.… Read more »

    Lol
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    Lol

    Literaly the entire world is talking about this Gorilla. Its crazy to think of the sick world we live in where thousands and thousands of people are upset that an animal was killed, when a young childs life was in danger. However the boy fell in, parents fault or not, thats a seperate story. But once inside, his life was in danger, the animal could have sat on the kid or drowned him in a moment. Im surprised it took so long. Probably if the boy died it would be small news, accident at zoo….anyway little boy, glad your alive… Read more »

    The point?
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    The point?

    What is the point of this article?

    Whether or not he lives a life of goodness and kindness, his life is still worth more than the gorilla’s

    Completely pointless piece.

    Not a fan
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    Not a fan

    This all looks very sensationalist to me, what if he doesn’t grow up to be a good guy? Are you saying if we would have known that in advance, we shouldn’t have killed the gorilla? A human life is sacred regardless.

    admiring
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    admiring

    Very beautiful letter

    Puleeze
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    Puleeze

    Isiah has to be open to judgement by you or others as to whether the life he chooses is, in anyone else’s opinion, more worthy than a gorilla? Regardless of how Isiah chooses to live, his life is worth saving. And regardless of how Isiah might live or anyone trapped by a gorilla has lived or may live his life, they deserve all efforts to save them. And BECAUSE the gorilla has little choice in his actions, we humans should consider ways to save Isiah without killing the gorilla, if possible. But I’m not going to judge those who had… Read more »

    Kol Hakovod
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    Kol Hakovod

    this letter is for everyone, realy to the point,
    Thank you very much
    YB

    So cool
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    So cool

    To think of it as an apportunity to inspire this child! Kol hacavod!

    a true shliach
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    a true shliach

    thanks for using this episode to teach and inspire. this letter will surely touch the parents and many others in a profound way. well done!

    Nicely written
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    Nicely written

    Dear Rabbi Vigler,

    Your letter is written very clear and informative and with specific instructions on how to live as a human should live and how to behave with morals and ethics.

    I hope your letter will get as much exposure as the little boy and the gorilla got.

    B.B.G.

    Wow
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    Wow

    So inspiring!
    Like👍

    Thanks
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    Thanks

    So much always well written such a simplicity so much possible thought and to have a life inspiring outcome!

    Great message!
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    Great message!

    Nicely written and makes a great point!

    Beautifully written
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    Beautifully written

    Thank you for taking the time to write this, and especially for pointing out that we are only higher than an animal when we act as a human should.
    I sure hope this child’s gets the message and lives like a mentch

    Lifelight 2
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    Lifelight 2

    Beautiful piece.

    Well said.

    Could have left out the condition of whether he will lead a life of goodness and kindness, but mentioning it does encourage to do just that.

    Yaasher Koach!

    Citizen Berel
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    Citizen Berel

    From Samech Vov un Ayen Beins to Melukat to Sichos to

    this “The answer, Isaiah, depends on you”

    Our best and brightest, sure…

    Citizen Berel
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    Citizen Berel

    no animals were harmed in the writing of this op ed

    Agree with the Rabbi
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    Agree with the Rabbi

    Rabbi Vigler is correct. All the PETA and Tree Huggers that do not agree are clueless. The ape also has a neshomo (not at the level of adam).
    So the message is very clear: was it worth it to kill this animal to same the boy? If the boy grows up to be a good decent human being then the answer is clearly Yes, but if not then it is open to debate.

    Citizen Berel
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    Citizen Berel

    Only the first comment on this thread issued forth from the great and wonderful Citizen Berel. Please be advised that any comment appearing henceforth under this name was not written by the original CB.

    Great can't even go on col without hearing about this gorilla
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    Great can't even go on col without hearing about this gorilla

    Regardless of his potential a human’s life should always come first. Trying to rationalize this, is giving this poor kid a heavy burden to bear. If he grows up to be just another average joe, this article implies that then killing the gorilla was not for the greater good.
    I get what your intentions were, just not well executed. Enough on the subject, no one was killed other than animal, which the agricultural industry kills millions a year in more horrific ways, yet no op ends on the subject

    To Citizen Berel
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    To Citizen Berel

    Comment #19 was directed “to” Citizen Berel. My mistake.

    Quite deep
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    Quite deep

    Very touched by your letter. Thanks for the time and thought you put into writing and sharing it with us.

    big Z Schapiro
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    big Z Schapiro

    yes I agree hundred percent beautiful letter

    100% agree with R Vigler
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    100% agree with R Vigler

    According to chazal (just open a Tanya), a person is indeed lower than an animal if he does not fulfill his Gd given potential for a life connected to the HaKadosh Baruch Hu. The only reason the had to be saved is because he has the POTENTIAL of living an spiritually meaningful life

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