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From: rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu (Russell Hendel) Date: Tue, 21 Jan 1997 21:21:59 -0500 Subject: Why The Disparity (Revisited!?) The recent below freezing weather reminded me of a famous MJ posting: Why the disparity which raised the issue of why fellow Jews offered a ride to a Jewish student waiting in the cold for a bus while by contrast no Jews with "black hats" offered this student a ride. I suddenly realized that this question can be applied to ourselves! Consider the following 3 recent topics of mj discussion in Volume 25: 1) Should Jews donate bone marrow to gentiles 2) Why do Yeshiva students cheat 3) A woman with terminal cancer started riding to synagogue (because she was too weak to walk)was ostracized by her community and had her Kashruth slandered There was (and is) significant talk about the bone marrow and cheating topics. In both cases we were told that it is a "Chilul Hashem". By contrast only 3 postings were offered on the terminal cancer patient desecrating the Sabbath. Why the disparity? Isn't it chilul hashem to ostracize and slander a dying person. Is it less of an embarassment to the Jewish community then say cheating on exams? Why the disparity? Russell Jay Hendel, Ph.d, ASA, rhendel @ mcs drexel edu