Group Launches Bein Adom Lechaveiro Email In Wake Of Grossman Execution

emailIconOn February 16, 2010, Martin Grossman was executed by the State of Florida. In the weeks preceding the execution, there was a remarkable outpouring of support from Jews around the world. Jewish people of every ‘label’ and stripe participated in the struggle to save Martin’s life. Unfortunately, all the efforts to save Martin’s life were unsuccessful. On the morning after his tragic death, what can we do to hold on to the tremendous inspiration that this campaign engendered? The demonstration of ahavas Yisrael and achdus was phenomenal. Indeed, Mr. Grossman’s final words were… Ahavas Yisrael!

It is seems obvious that Klal Yisrael should strengthen itself in ahavas Yisrael and Bein Adom L’Chavero. The Beis HaMikdosh was destroyed due to Sinas Chinam, and averos Bein Adom L’Chavero. Certainly, an effort to strengthen ahavas Yisrael will hasten the coming of Mashiach and the rebuilding of the Beis HaMikdosh.

Towards this end, Linas HaTzedek: The Center for Jewish Values announces an important new program. Today, the very day after Martin Grossman’s unfortunate death, the Center is launching a worldwide email list with a daily learning portion of Hilchos Bein Adom L’Chavero. Participation will be completely free. Subscribers will receive short daily emails on Hilchos Bein Adom L’Chavero.

The material will be based on The Code of Jewish Conduct, an English guide to Hilchos Bein Adom L’Chavero, written by Rav Yitzchak Silver under the Center’s auspices. It will also be possible to receive a Hebrew version, from Rav Silver’s Sefer Mishpatei HaShalom.

Click here to sign up for the Daily Hilchos Bein Adom L’Chavero.

May this program be a zechus for the neshama of Michoel Yechiel ben Avrohom a”h.

Linas HaTzedek: The Center for Jewish Values was founded in 5761/2001. The organization’s programs include: The Linas HaTzedek Kollel Network, an international group of Kollelim which study Bein Adom L’Chavero in depth; publication of Bein Adom L’Chavero materials for varied audiences in both Hebrew and English; shiurim and learning programs across the globe. Rabbi Yitzchak Berkovits, a world-renowned expert on Bein Adom L’Chavero, serves as Dean and Rosh haKollelim.

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  1. Last night I was at a Shevea Brachos and I asked a grope of people there, do you think I’m a bad person? We where reading all the comments and all the sympathy for Martin. I told them something must be wrong with me I’m just not feeling the way everyone else is. Although I would never of wanted him to be killed I couldn’t bring myself to call or send a email to the governor to grant life to this brutal murderer. Now I would like to say that even if he did Teshuva (which I think he must have after thinking about what he did for the last 26 years) in a Bis Din if someone is chayiv missah and then dose a full teshuva before Bis Din kills him it makes no difference we still kill him. So much for the argument that he did teshuva because that only helps him in shamayim but over here we still kill him. I think there are menny more things that can bring Klal Yisrael together, it dont have to be to save a convictied murder.

  2. I’m in agreement with #1. I didn’t feel the need to help this man. Being on death row is not something done by accident. They felt he deserved this.

  3. #2 you missed the point, I was saying in a case of adim, hasra in the time of the Bais Hmikdos it would make no difference if he did teshuva or not. So everyone that is giving sympathy to this man should know that after he dose Teshuva it would make no difference to a Bis Din.

  4. #6 I would love to know where I lack in my Ahavas Yisrael?? The fact that I didn’t write a letter to a governor to save a murderer?? Being that no one knows who I am I will tell you what I was doing at 6:00 yesterday. I stopped what I was doing and said Thilim for Martin till 10 after 6, so please don’t tell me where im holding in Ahavas Yisrael!! I am entitled to my opinion all because it doesn’t agree with yours.

  5. If we are truly honest with ourselves metaphysically we must realize the possibility that, in the eyes of heaven, we are guilty of our own misdeeds, and Hashem showed us Martin to see how He should judge us! How we judge Martin (we are not his judge, Hashem already judged) is how WE will be judged when OUR infractions are reviewed. Hope lies in forming ourselves into Klal Yisrael by rising above our own limitations in every regard in every way we can to express ahavas yisrael. The tefillos we gave for Martin did not help him but definitely helped US – we became united for that purpose. Let’s keep it up. No judging each other, just realize that Hashem Yisborach attaches Himself to Klal Yisrael, which means that we must be formed, and not divided, not hateful. Ahavas Yisrael is how we accomplish this.

  6. #10 as I said in my first comment, I did not want to see him dead. My issue is the sympathy and the answering up for this brutal act that was committed, like he did Teshuva, he was on drugs, he had a tough upbringing. Murder is murder and we as Jews should never try to answer it up.

  7. I have to agree with Eli Manning. I was feeling quite uneasy about this the entire time. The guy was a murderer, in Florida a murderer gets the death penalty.

    If he was a Muslim terrorist who killed ur Jewish family, and then he sat on death row for 25 years, and became a more devout Muslim, a “family” man so to speak, and the entire Muslim population of America and the Middle East petitioned the Governor to grant this “reformed terrorist” clemency, you would all be shouting anti-semitism.

    What is the difference?!?!?!?!

    He’s a Yid? Okay, so that makes him a Yiddishe murderer, but a murderer nonetheless.

    Please enlighten me where I went wrong on this

  8. #1,
    I’m sure ur not a bad guy, U were probably just not seeing this story frm the proper perspective last night.
    According to jewish law r u absolutley certain that he is chayiv meesa? I understand that if one kills he is chayiv meesa however according to my limited knowledge there r many other specific requirments that need to fall into place in order for the death to b carried out by bais din. Which would make us noone to judge.

    Also ,regardless of the sin that Martin a”h commited which is un forgiveable by man, as jews we r obligated to show compassion for him. Do u think bais din was ruthless? ofcoarse they were sensitive about killing any jewish fellon.

    This yid was YOUR BROTHER, would u take back ur comment about “not sending an email or making a phone call” knowing that this was your blood brother?? kol yisroel areivim zeh lo zeh.

    Nowthat there is no beis din, we have no business discussing whatthety would have done. Our job was to pray , send an emailand make the phone call.

  9. There are 200 Jews surrounded by 11,000,000 arabs in Yemen.

    They’ve lived there a couple thousand years and are in grave, mortal danger from Al Qaida who hi-jacked the government. Get them out to E. Israel.

  10. The point wasn’t to condone what he did. The point was that a person in his position (jew or non jew) was not eligible for the death penalty. Whether it was his IQ his drugs the lack of premeditation….. He happened to be a Jew, and as jews we have an obligation to help our brother. The Teshuva thing wasn’t the reason he should not get the death penalty. It was a reason why the frum Jewish community should feel more of a kinship towards him to take up his case. The same way one would want to help a relative. NO ONE SAID THAT HE ISN’T A MURDERER!!! NO ONE CONDONED WHAT HE DID!!!!!!.
    I don’t know why this is so hard to understand.

  11. Why couldn’t they have given him a life sentence? How come someone who killed someone while under the influence of drugs gets executed and terrorists who bombed and killed thousands of people intentionally gets to sit in jail for 25 years with a nice flat screen T.V.? To top it all off they want to send the 9/11 high jackers in a civillian court in NYC what a disgrace!

  12. To
    I must say that it is really great that he did Teshvah (he sounds real about it, and I think most people would if they had 26 years to think about what they did) that being said, it should make no difference what so ever from the governors point of view. Imagine if it was a irreligious Muslim that killed a Jewish cop, then sat for 26 years and became a “born again Muslim” felt bad for what he did and all that good stuff, will you say the same thing?? Bottom line is you do the crime there is a price to pay, it makes no difference if you feel bad about it after or not.

    #18 look at comment #8 and tell me about my sinat chinam agian.

  13. Rabbosai!!

    If Mr. grossman would have killed your daughter, would you be saying the same thing? Be brutally honest with yourself and admit it. You’re only having Rachmonus on him because he killed a goy.

    If Bernie Madoff was sentenced to death, and then did tshuva, would anyone have rachmonus on him? What about Dwek?

    If Hitler would have done tshuva and would have become a reformed Christian, and then would have been spared the death sentence, what would you say then???? Huh????

  14. That is not my point- I don’t feel that anyone is above the law be it a Jew or Muslim- I am not here to judge anyone- However I am here to point out the absurdity of the Judicial system of the U.S. of A. they don’t punish those who do much worse- this man did not walk around blowing up people in buildings if he got the death sentence why on earth are terrorists sitting in a comfortable jail cell with only 25 life sentence huh- makes no sense?

  15. To Avi:

    In Singapore, if you steal they whip you. In Saudi Arabia if you steal they chop off your hand. In America if you steal, you go to rehab.

    The point is, every country has their own laws.

    Every State has their own laws too.

    NY and NJ don’t even have a death penalty. Florida does. If you kill in NY you get 25 years. If you kill in Florida, you get the death penalty. Thats life. Next time you want to kill, make sure you leave Florida first.

    And next time you want to steal, make sure you do it in America…. definitely not in Singapore in Saud.

  16. Is everyone thick??? Again no one said that he shouldn’t be given the death penalty because he is jewish, but because the circumstances of his crime didn”t warrant the death sentence. Thats it. end of story. The jewish angle was to get Jewish people whom we have a kniship for, to stick up for that reason. Again I’ll repeat “NO ONE SAID THAT HE ISN’T A MURDERER!!! NO ONE CONDONED WHAT HE DID!!!!!!”
    Why is this so hard to understand???
    If an irreligious Muslim killed a jewish cop, and then he turned faithful, and the muslim community rallied behind him to say that the circumstances of his crime don’t warrant the death penalty i would not have a problem with it. Because they would not be holding back the death penalty because he is a devout muslim, but rather because the man has an IQ that classifies him as MR (mentally retarded).

  17. #23 well said. to me it sounds like eli manning has no rachmanus, besides i think he should be focusing more on the next season, rather than posting comments about a person who is no longer alive.

  18. Lakewooder- Thank you for clarfying that but where do all of the Terrorists fit in- the corruption in the judicial system in this country needs to fixed up ASAP!

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