Monday, 20 April 2020

Covid-19 Scam - Not Just the Christians

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky
Charity Run by Ultra-Orthodox Leader Promises Coronavirus Cure to Large Donors | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos.

It's not just the American fundamentalist Christians who have spotted a good money-making opportunity in the Covid-19 pandemic. An ultra-orthodox Jewish group in Israel has dipped its bread in the gravy bowl too. In return for a monthly payment of NIS 100 for 30 months, donors will receive a silver amulet which, it is claimed, will give protection to the household from all illnesses.

It is not clear at this time whether the protection only comes into effect after all 30 payments have been made or whether it strats with the first payment and is withdrawn if the donor defaults.

Run by Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, a leading Haredi Rabbi, a charity called Kupat Ha’ir (City Fund), set up with the noble aim of bringing relief to families suffering from illness, and based in the Covid-19 hotspot of B’nei Brak, has promised:

One who contributes to this fund will not get sick and no one in his household will get sick!"
It's simply middah keneged middah. It is how things naturally work. One who contributes significantly to a fund established to help the families of a sick person will merit not to get sick himself, nor have a member of his family be ill. Only Harav Chaim, with his ruach hakodesh, could make such a statement.

"Middah keneged middah" is a kind of karma, based on the notion that anyone who gives to relieve illness will themselves be magically protected from illness. The charity, which is worth $36.5 million has already raised $78,000 from the scam.

Note the implied claim that something called ruach hakodesh (holy spirit) empowers someone to speak for God and make promises on his behalf; a claim of divine authority. How many times do we hear similar claims made by Christians? What is becoming clear is that credulous people who believe in magic can be easily scammed and that this gullibility is an essential element in all religions, not just Christianity.

The Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be a lucrative feeding trough for the unscrupulous who use religion and fear to fleece gullible and stupid people.

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