From The United Hatzalah Heroes of October 7th
The epic story that began with
Incredible stories of emunah, hashgachah, miracles, and courage
as more than 1,700 United Hatzalah volunteers
rescue and treat the wounded
on Simchas Torah, October 7th, 2023
- The sirens in Yerushalayim began wailing at 6:30a.m. Within minutes, Eli
Beer, founder and president of United Hatzalah, was rushing to United
Hatzalah headquarters. Clearly, something terrible was happening down
south. How could United Hatzalah send civilian volunteers to what was an
active war zone? But how could they abandon thousands of wounded Jews?
- The decision? They would warn every volunteer of the serious risks - and
give them permission to save lives.
- And so more than 1,700 volunteers donned their bright orange vests and
sped down to the battleground of southern Israel.
- Bestselling author Rabbi Nachman Seltzer interviewed dozens of those
volunteers, and here are their stories. The maggid shiur on his ambucycle
who braved a sniper's bullets to try and save a wounded policeman. The
volunteer who took cover behind a tank while terrorists dressed as IDF
soldiers shot at him. The team who took care of twin babies who'd survived,
though their parents had not. The ambulance that brought hundreds of pairs
of tzitzis for soldiers begging for them.
- Rabbi Seltzer has written their amazing stories of courage and survival
with great sensitivity for reader's feelings. We will be inspired and uplifted as
we read about the volunteers' mesiras nefesh, the miracles that almost every
volunteer saw and experienced, and their selfless caring for their fellow Jews
during one of the most dangerous times in Israel's history.
Angels in Orange captures the drama, the pain, and, most of all, the
miracles, heroism, and hashgachah pratis of October 7th.
"Hashem has assigned you the unique work of saving lives. Your reward is very
-Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein
"Kol hamekayeim nefesh achas m'Yisrael k'ilu kiyam olam malei. To save a life
is to touch eternity. As depicted in this book, your commitment to this sacred
mission transforms ordinary moments into extraordinary acts of kindness and
-Rav Asher Weiss
"You are facing the greatest challenge we have experienced since the
establishment of the State of Israel... Saving one life is equivalent to saving an
entire world, so imagine how many worlds you have saved and continue to save,
each and every one of you."
-President of Israel Isaac Herzog
"On behalf of the entire nation, I express my gratitude to all the dedicated
United Hatzalah volunteers for everything they have done from the beginning
of the war until now, saving lives under fire."
-Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant
"The images of our volunteers running from shul with their talleisim, reminiscent
of the Yom Kippur War, do not leave me. Their acts of heroism and selfless
dedication, coming together from various segments of Israeli society to save lives,
are symbols of true unity."
-United Hatzalah Founder Eli Beer
"I got shot with a bullet in my left hand, my left leg, and my chest... They later
told me that I was on the floor for three hours. I couldn't believe it. You, United
Hatzalah volunteers, are Hashem's messengers. I am thankful for having
angels like you!"
-Victor Rachmilov, A Survivor Of The Massacre In Ofakim
"This book beautifully encapsulates the essence and dedication of the
individuals shaping this organization. The unwavering commitment to
preserving lives, even amidst the chaos and perilous circumstances, becomes a
powerful narrative that resonates throughout the pages."
-Yoram G. Weiss, M.D., MBA., FCCM.,
Director General, Hadassah Medical Organization
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