Are non-Jewish doctors truly merciful? In other words, does the good they do come from the Divine attribute of mercy or is it drawn from or motivated by something else? The top haredi rabbi in the world answers that 'pressing' question in a way that at this point likely won't surprise you.
Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman
Top Haredi Leader Says Non-Jewish Physicians Are Not Truly Merciful, Only Jewish Physicians Are
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Are non-Jewish doctors truly merciful? In other words, does the good they do come from the Divine attribute of mercy or is it drawn from or motivated by something else?
In the haredi Israeli city of Bnei Brak, that question was recently put to the top Ashkenazi non-hasidic haredi rabbi in the world, 101-year-old Aharon Leib Steinman, the haredi news website Kikar HaShabbat reported.
Steinman answered that non-Jewish doctors are not truly merciful and do not draw their motivation from the Divine attribute of mercy because only Jews can be truly merciful and only Jews can access that Divine attribute.
Instead, Steinman reportedly averred, while non-Jewish doctors may have some element of basic compassion, the actual reason they do what they do is to “buy themselves a good name” – i.e., increase their prominence and reputation and through that increase their power and income.