“Dutch Tzedakah” - Stories of righteous ones in the Netherlands - Saving Jews from the Nazis

Please Note: Firefox and some other search engines are not suitable – Use “Internet Explorer” for this page to load perfectly!

 

Chapter 14

 

Tzedakah

The Hebrew word, “Tzedakah” means “Love, Charity,” and “Righteousness.” This word has a greater meaning than other Hebrew words with a similar meaning, like “Chesed” or “Din.” “Tzedakah” in its fullness means “an act of love.”

Mitzvah means a “Good Deed”

When we comprehend that the LORD God, blessed be His holy Name, created man in His own image, after his likeness, we should realise that we are to have the same justice, love, kindness, and thoughts as our blessed Creator. Not that we actually look like God. That has been the error of many over the centuries. The Scriptures makes it plain that the God has “no form or parts.” He is Spirit! He speaks to us through His Word; we are able to know Him through our understanding. However, when we look at man sadly we seldom see the image of God in them, rather, quite the opposite.

Sadly, history does not reveal that humanity in general has displayed much “Tzedakah,” as greed and selfishness abounds. Yet, within mankind there is something called “a conscience” when a wrong is committed. More often than not men prefer their own evil ways, rather than to be right in the sight of God. Why is this so? Because doing that which is right means to be subject to the LORD God. It means to give of oneself unto Him and others. Sadly, the “I, me and myself” usually get in the way, “I want to do my own thing and have fun. If it feels good, do it!” They also tend to believe that there is no God, or even that they are gods themselves.

Then there are those who confuse the mind of others, with unbelievable lies, such as evolution and reincarnation, all teachings of “New Age” movements. History proves that men prefer themselves to be rulers, little gods, dictators and oppressors, rather than believers in God the Creator of heaven and earth. This is the tragic truth, paganism and wrongdoing appears to give mankind more self-satisfaction. How quickly they will believe a lie, as it is said, “When men reject the truth, how quickly they believe a lie.” This is obvious as one looks around at the multitude of false faiths, cults, and religions. Some of the beliefs of these are so hideous that they are laughable was it not so serious. Grown men and women screaming glory to (a) satan, even worshipping statues of their false gods. Then there are the old women of Rome, who crawl on their knees on rough cobbled streets, to kiss the ground where the statue of Peter stands and they do this whilst their blood pour from their hands and knees. Why is man so capable of influencing people, even to the point where some will commit suicide at command, such as occurred at Jonestown? These, ‘acts of worship’ are all works of self and evil (hasatan – the adversary), which can only lead to death and destruction. Where is the “Tzedakah” – “Righteousness” of their gods?

Blessed be the LORD God, that there is genuine Tzedakah in the lives of many individuals. True Tzedakah is an act of righteousness and an act of doing that, which is right. Many good Christians in the Netherlands gave, and sacrificed their lives as they hid and helped Jews and others to escape the horror of Nazi death camps. They did this as an act of faith! That is true Tzedakah!

JEWS, do not count them that have persecuted us for almost two thousand years as true Christians for the true believing Christians we will know through their actions and through their deeds. It is action, and deed and they (the Dutch and many others) gave their lives in faith, saving our brethren during Ha Shoah, the Holocaust.

The author, a Dutch Orthodox Jew spent many years of research obtaining these testimonies of faith, and spoke to hundreds of individuals actually involved, and with those who lost their dear ones. It has been my honour and privilege to meet all of these wonderful people, listening to their many stories and even weeping together as the memories freely flowed of those that perished.

Those, who in faith and love gave their lives, are honoured in Eretz Yisroel, the Land of Israel, at the Avenue of the “Righteous Gentiles” in Jerusalem. Israel has given them the honour, which is rightly due unto them!

The Torah commands us ALL to give Tzedakah.

“If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner that he may live with you. Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you. You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit” Leviticus 25:35-37.

The Word of God also commands “You shall surely open your hand (in terms of money, food or clothing, or in simple protection and aid) to your brother, to your poor and to your destitute in your land” Deuteronomy 15:11. (Taken from the Hebrew translation).

A well-known Rabbi, Rabbi Yehuda, of blessed memory, once said, “Tzedakah is greatly important, for it speeds Redemption. HaShem (the LORD) said, ‘Maintain justice and perform acts of Tzedakah, for My salvation is near and My Righteousness will soon be revealed’” (Isaiah 56:1). We must be careful not to turn away from those who are poor or in danger of need. If we do so, we violate the following prohibition: “Do not harden your heart” Deuteronomy 15:7.

Indeed, we who are the creation of the LORD our God, are to care for one-another. Whenever we see one in need, we must reach out our hand of Tzedakah, knowing that God, blessed be He, will bless us for our deed of justice and love.

CHRISTIANS, learn the message contained in Tzedakah. Be challenged by the Word of God, including the words written in the book of Romans were Shaul (Paul) of Tarsus who instructed the followers of Yahushua (Yeshua - Jesus) to, pray for Israel, the Jewish people, and show mercy unto them, for Elohim - God has not rejected His people (Israel). Shaul - Paul also said,

“I say then, has God cast away His people (Israel)? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people … For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own conceits” Romans 11:1-2 & 25.

The blessed Scriptures (the Bible) is the only guide on how we should live and follow the LORD God. Look back into Scriptures, especially Genesis and learn what it means to live up to the expectation of being “created in His image.” Only when YHVH Elohim – the LORD God has revealed the fullness contained therein, will we be able to live fully and live in true “TZEDAKAH.”

NEVER AGAIN, no NEVER AGAIN, should the children of Israel have to cry out in such anguish as they did during the satanic reign of Hitler!

“Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by? Behold and see if there be any sorrow, which is done unto me” Lamentations 1: 12.

 

Acknowledgements

A SPECIAL THANK YOU - to all those who have contributed, providing so much information required to make this book possible …

Amsterdam; the Netherlands State Institute of War Documentation. (Rijksinstituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie) with images courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives.

The Hebrew Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue Museum. Museum of the Dutch Resistance. Mr. Ed van Thijn the Mayor of Amsterdam and Mr. Pierre Janssen.

Winterswijk; Mr. Piet Kuipers, the Winterswijk Bureau of Information.

Haarlem; The ten Boom Huis Foundation.

Above all; The strong people of the Netherlands, who in love and humility gave their all with genuine “Dutch Audacity - Dutch Tzedakah” to all in need during Ha Shoah, the Holocaust. May the LORD God bless you, and your families, and keep you in the Palm of His Hands!

 

ENTER - Chapter 15 - HaShoah

 

WARNING - WARNING:

 

Chapter 15 contains some graphic photographs on the lower part of that page, which will show some of the atrocities that were committed against our (Jewish) People during the Shoah – the Holocaust. PLEASE, PLEASE ENTER with care!

 

Return to the Main Index

 

 

 

Email the Author

 

Please Note that this copyright covers all WebPages on this site

Copyright 1998 – 2014 – Reuben Goossens - All rights reserved