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Stranger on Train in Israel Pays Crying IDF Soldier’s Utilities Bill After Electric Company Threatens to Shut Off Her Power

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Ofir Yitzhak, an Israeli who came to the aid of a female IDF soldier on a train. Photo: Daniel Danino/Facebook.

An IDF soldier who witnessed the kindness of a stranger towards a fellow young woman in uniform lauded the man’s generosity on Facebook, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Tuesday.

Daniel Danino, a 19-year-old soldier from Beersheva, recounted what she saw while traveling home from her base by train — another female soldier boarding, while weeping into her cellphone as she tried to talk the Israel Electric Corporation out of disconnecting her electricity due to an outstanding debt.

Danino, who was eavesdropping on the conversation, noticed a man also watching the distraught soldier try to figure out what to do. Suddenly, the man went over to her and not only offered to cover her NIS 1,950 (about $500) debt — but paid it on the spot.

“Friends, meet the angel, Ofir Yitzhak,” Danino posted on her page, next to a photo she took of him with her cellphone.

The man who doesn’t have Facebook, but does have the greatest soul I’ve ever come across! Today, during my usual routine, I get on the train that leaves Lod at 16:27 on the way home from the base, and I take a seat by the window, put on earphones and relax from the day. Suddenly, I hear a young soldier girl like myself, subsisting on a soldier’s salary – a soldier who is the only child of a single mother — who is begging the electric company not to cut off the electricity until her mother receives her financial aid check from national insurance… But they are impervious and disconnect her electricity anyway.

I get off the train with hope and faith in people. There are still those who do things for others without expecting anything in return. I was left with my mouth hanging open, speechless, and full of a sense of pride in being a part of this nation that galvanizes to help others during times of distress. Friends, share this post, so that it reaches people who know this amazing guy so they can be filled with pride as well.

In an interview with nrg following the posting of her moving anecdote, Danino said that it didn’t take 10 minutes for the guy to get up, take the girl’s phone and promptly pay her electricity bill with his credit card.

“So I got up and went over to him and said, ‘I cannot remain apathetic towards a person like you. I think people need to see and know that there are good people in this world, and learn from you about giving with love.’ And then I took a photo of him to post on Facebook,” Danino told nrg.

Danino also said that a short time after posting the story, the goal of which she said was to illustrate Israeli goodness, she received hundreds of shares and comments.

“I learned a great life lesson from this man,” Danino added. “And all he did was say that the point [of what he did] was to see the young woman calmed down and with a smile on her face, which is the most important thing.”

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  • Rosalind Goldenberg

    Please be aware that there is a recording from the electrical company of the customer service rep. who answered this soldier’s phone call. The video shows her sympathy and how she tried her very best to help the soldier and find a solution:

    • Sam Merg

      BS! Do you expect us to believe that ANY company keeps such detailed records of every employees actions like that video proclaims? GET REAL!

      • Sholom

        Perhaps you don’t understand hebrew.
        Audio is real.
        Collection calls are recorded.
        Video just shows what happens at the call center.

  • to a weiss

    A story of true chested. He did a great kindle dress expecting nothing in return. May he he blessed.

  • Esteban Sperber F.

    I am surprised that the Electric Company doesn’t wait to get the money if this IDF soldier, but I want to see how much the debt is from the Palestinian, they own much money to the Israeli Electric Company, it is a shame.

  • atilla

    Israel Electric Corporation is obviously run by IDF hating leftist vermin.

    • Sandra Ashli

      Why leftists??? Maybe just cold hearted people ” doing their job”. Don’t hate anyone. Treat the other as you would want them to treat you, ( or your child)

  • jerusalem mom

    This is one of my pet peeves about Israel.The arabs in the PA get free electricity since the PA doesn’t pay its multimillion dollar bill for it but poor Israeli families have to do without electricity if they can’t pay their bills!I also paid a neighbor’s bill when the Electric Co.shut off their electricity!

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    • Jacob

      This is more then just a pet peeve or me. Its complete insanity to let arabs get free electricity while jews especially idf soldiers have to pay. Its enough to make any israeli want to leave israel until a responsible and just system is enforced.

  • Angela banghart

    God bless the idf and those who help them!!!

  • Judy Rozen

    If we open our eyes and look deeply, we will find the world is filled with good people. Unfortunately, the only ones who get he publicity are the not good people who rob, kill, etc. Walk proudly and let us all pay it forward in our own ways.

  • Aliza

    Yishar Koach to that wonderful man. It’s amazing how they would cut off an Israeli citizen’s electricity – yet have no problem allowing the Jihadists in Gaza, and the other areas they control – receive free electricity !! They owe billions of shekels for years of electricity – yet they continue to get service – bascially on the “chesbon” of Israeli citizens. Disgraceful.

  • Paul Winter

    A truly heart warming story and a fine manifestation of tzadekah.

    But why is the Israel Electric Commission so tough on poor Israelis and serving IDF personnel, but so very forgiving towards the PA which owes it hundreds of millions of shekel?

  • Am so moved I am in floods of tears this needs to go viral

  • Avrohom Bigrei

    WHAT A TRAGEDY! Arab jihadists owe about 3/4 billion but, if your a Jew you can DROP DEAD for all the Electric company cares! They run on a nazi like, sociopathic protocol that has no consideration for how much they hurt people. See Stanley Milgram Yale University study circa 1963. This is a POST Zionism scourge!

    • Dan Perman

      Yo use the word ‘Nazi” in connection with Jews is stupid, disgusting and shows the very low level of intelligence you possess.
      Son of a holocaust survivor

  • a yid

    am yisrael chai!!

  • Laura Burkhart

    Blessings! We all have them daily…the sun, your God, your spouse, your children…your neighbor! I am thankful…this person did tzedikah…that thing that opens you up for blessing…doing what you are meant to do…help, when you can!!!! Israel…what a place, what a people!

  • This is further proof that Israel is truly a “light to the nations.”

    • stevenl

      A light into the greatest of all black-hole!

  • helen

    This is the Israel I experienced as a student in 1965-66. God bless Ofir Yitzhak.

  • serge Vinograd

    Amazing and beautiful story .
    Whatever Grand Rabbi Y. A. Korff, the Zvhil-Mezbuz Rebbe of Boston,may say upon the misuse of Tikkoun Olam I do believe that an act of charity,of generosity does repair the world and make it a better place

    ps what the f… does the Government in Israel if it cannot take care of its solders ?

  • glenda urmacher

    Shame on all the utility companies in Israel that turn off service for IDF soldiers.
    And shame on the government for not paying a decent wage for the services of the IDF forces.
    What the hell is the matter with them?
    These kids put their life on the line every day that they serve.
    Perhaps all politicians should take a 25 – 35 % cut in their pay, and give it to the military.
    One less “schmata” for your wife, girlfriend or bed partner!

  • Jared Goldstein

    Stories like this make me proud to be a Jew. Ofir Yitzhak, in that time, in that place, clearly had the light of the divine with him. May we all have the strength to be so generous.