November 18, 2019

A Musical Controversy in Israel

“Rabbi Elimelech Firer has worked tirelessly over the last 40 years to help anyone who has asked him for advice – Jewish or non-Jewish, male or female.

The founder of Ezra Lemarpeh, Firer, a hassidic rabbi, began his activities for the benefit of society while still a young yeshiva student. He was asked to help a friend in distress obtain an advanced medical device for his home.

Later on, he was approached to assist with additional requests for medical equipment, which eventually inspired the establishment 40 years ago of Ezra Lemarpeh (Help for the Healer). Although Firer received no formal medical education, he accumulated extensive knowledge, developing an expertise in a number of fields of medicine and going on to advise tens of thousands of people who have turned to him over the years for help.

For all of this and more, Firer received the Israel Prize in 1997.

Hospitals compete for his recommendations and senior doctors immediately answer his phone calls, respect him and even try to court him. It’s almost impossible to find someone who has something negative to say about Firer.

Now though, Firer is in the headlines for a different reason, after a number of musicians announced last week that they were pulling out of a concert his organization is planning to hold on November 20 to honor the 70th birthday of Israeli rock star Shlomo Artzi. The proceeds of the concert are meant to go to Ezra Lemarpeh.”

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