Bomba Israel, Santiago, Chile, 2002
Bomba Israel, Santiago, Chile, 2002Click to Enlarge
Bomba Israel is the Jewish volunteer fire department of Santiago, Chile. Photographer Zion Ozeri explains: “There, every ethnic group has its own fire engine. That doesn’t mean they’re not going to help others, but there is a sense of pride: ‘We have our own volunteers.’ And the younger ones are trainees.” Bomba Israel was founded in 1954, and its mission is to serve all those in its area who need assistance.
True salvation can come only to a person who renders service to the community.
– Rabbi Yisrael Lipkin Salanter
If each one sweeps before his own door, the whole street is clean.
– Yiddish saying
לְפִיכָךְ נִבְרָא אָדָם יְחִידִי בַּעוֹלָם, לְלַמֶּדְךָ שֶׁכָּל הַמְאַבֵּד נֶפֶשׁ אַחַת, מַעֲלִים עָלָיו כְּאִילּוּ אִיבֵּד עוֹלָם מָלֵא; וְכָל הַמְקַיֵים נֶפֶשׁ אַחַת, מַעֲלִים עָלָיו כְּאִילּוּ קִיֵים עוֹלָם מָלֵא.
Therefore man was created singly to teach you that whosoever kills a single soul the Bible considers to have killed a complete world. And whosoever sustains and saves a single soul, it is as if that person sustained a whole world.
– Mishnah, Sanhedrin 4:5