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Chief rabbi helps sick boy fulfill dream to meet the pope
Israel Hayom ^ | Sunday, May 11, 2014 | Unsigned (staff)

Posted on 05/11/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

Mark Rouk, a 16-year-old Christian Arab boy from east Jerusalem who suffers from a chronic illness, believes the only way for him to heal is with a blessing from the pope Chief Rabbi David Lau says he will invite Rouk to pope's reception ceremony.


Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rouk family

For one 16-year-old boy from east Jerusalem, Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Israel will be a dream come true. Mark Rouk, a Christian Arab youth who suffers from a chronic illness, approached Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and asked him to help him meet the pope.

In addition to the chronic illness, Rouk suffers from an infection in his joints and tendons that causes him immense pain. His medical problems cause him to be much smaller than his peers. If that were not enough, about two months ago, Rouk was hurt in an accident when an iron gate in a parking lot fell on top of him. Until recently, he had been using a wheelchair to get around, but he is now using crutches.

Rouk's family members say his mood has been very low and that the only thing that will cheer him up is a blessing from the pope. According to his mother, Rouk believes that being near the pope and receiving a blessing from him will help to heal him.

Lau told Israel Hayom that as soon as his office received Rouk's request, it was clear to him that it would be answered. "The pope's visit in Israel is all about the strengthening of relations between the religions to create a dialogue of peace and fraternity between nations, and there is no better way to display that than when a young boy feels he can ask the chief rabbi of Israel to help make this wish come true," Lau said.

"I plan to invite him to join me to attend the official reception ceremony for the pope, and I hope there will also be an opportunity for a meeting between the pope and the boy," he added.

Lau continued, "When you see such a lovely boy like this, who is cared for by a dedicated team that does not care if he is Jewish or not and does everything possible to help him, there is no doubt that this is the most beautiful thing about the Jewish nation, and the pope should certainly see this."

Lau added that in his meeting with the pope, he plans to speak about unity among nations.

"There are extremists in every nation and country," he said. "It is important that international religious leaders be united in the call for peace, tolerance and solidarity, and I am happy to be doing this with the young boy at my side because peace is the ideal for all of us and bringing nations closer is the goal of our generation."


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Judaism; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: arab; christian; francis; jerusalem
Christian Arab boy being cared for by a dedicated team of Jewish doctors --- and the rabbi's inviting him to a reception to meet Pope Francis. One reason why Israel is such a great country.
1 posted on 05/11/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Very nice!


2 posted on 05/11/2014 4:45:43 PM PDT by livius
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Would a Muslim cleric do this for a Christian boy?


3 posted on 05/11/2014 4:51:06 PM PDT by Steve1789
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I will pray for the lad....TOO.


4 posted on 05/11/2014 4:52:37 PM PDT by philly-d-kidder (AB-Sheen"The truth is the truth if nobody believes it,a lie is still a lie, everybody believes it")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Praying for him. The Holy Land has seen some miracles recently.


5 posted on 05/11/2014 4:54:16 PM PDT by Viennacon (p)
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To: Steve1789
Would a Muslim cleric do this for a Christian boy?

Certainly not. His illness is "Allah's will".

6 posted on 05/11/2014 4:57:50 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Doesn’t look like apartheid to me.


7 posted on 05/11/2014 4:59:55 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Maybe the Lord will reward his faith with a physical healing, or maybe He will reward his faith in another way.


8 posted on 05/11/2014 5:09:12 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If I offended you, you needed it.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Christian charity began from the Jews.


9 posted on 05/11/2014 5:54:26 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Mrs. Don-o

God bless this young man as he meets Pope Francis.

Prepare for the lamestream media spins.


10 posted on 05/11/2014 6:05:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: onedoug

Certainly. As Jesus said, “Salvation is from the Jews” (John 4:22)


11 posted on 05/11/2014 6:06:21 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("The Holy Catholic Church: the more Holy she is, the more Catholic she is.")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The Israeli chief rabbinate is too into this "ecumenism" nonsense.

Still, I wish a refu'ah shelemah (complete healing) to the boy mentioned.

12 posted on 05/11/2014 6:31:53 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

“Chief rabbi helps sick boy fulfill dream to meet the pope”

Sounds like a setup.


13 posted on 05/11/2014 6:57:20 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: Mrs. Don-o

...and the Vatican released this statement:

“Is this some kind of joke?”

But seriously, good on Chief Rabbi Lau and the doctors, and I hope this does him good.


14 posted on 05/11/2014 7:14:22 PM PDT by RichInOC (...your newest purveyor of wit, laughter and the Popish creed.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau??

LAU is a 100% Chinese name. I saw the Rabbi's photograph and he is definitely not Chinese.

What an odd co-inkydink.

15 posted on 05/11/2014 8:19:00 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Mrs. Don-o
If that were not enough, about two months ago, Rouk was hurt in an accident when an iron gate in a parking lot fell on top of him.

I'll remember him the next time I think I'm experiencing a run of bad luck.

16 posted on 05/11/2014 10:16:32 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: cloudmountain

Not sure what you’re saying here. If this rabbi’s name is Lau, andhe’s not Chinese, then Lau is not a q100% Chinese name.

I looked up Lau on the Wold Name Public Profiler, and found “hot spots” for surname LAU in both Germany and Australia.

http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/Default.aspx


17 posted on 05/12/2014 11:02:18 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Point of Information)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

We must remember that the Jews are our Beloved Elder Brethren.


18 posted on 05/12/2014 11:10:22 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Amen to that.


19 posted on 05/12/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What does the LORD require of you, but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God)
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To: cloudmountain

Lau is Yiddish for ‘lion’, I think.

Leo in English, Aryeh in Hebrew, etc.


20 posted on 05/12/2014 3:26:14 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Not sure what you’re saying here. If this rabbi’s name is Lau, andhe’s not Chinese, then Lau is not a q100% Chinese name.

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THIS is what I wrote:
Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau??
LAU is a 100% Chinese name. I saw the Rabbi's photograph and he is definitely not Chinese.
What an odd co-inkydink.

How can you not be sure of what I am saying? Lol. Didn't the CO-INKYDINK give you the TINIEST of clues?
Are you being deliberately obtuse? Rhetorical.

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I looked up Lau on the Wold Name Public Profiler, and found “hot spots” for surname LAU in both Germany and Australia.

Boy do YOU ever need a life. :o)

21 posted on 05/13/2014 12:17:53 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: jjotto
Lau is Yiddish for ‘lion’, I think.
Leo in English, Aryeh in Hebrew, etc.

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You didn't dig very deep into Wikipedia. LAU is a VERY, very common name in Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese.

The following is from http://genforum.genealogy.com/lau/messages/127.html

1) The most popular one is the family name of the kings that rule the Han dynasty in ancient China. It is also a fairly common last name among ethnic Chinese
2) Another translation of Lau is willow (a kind of tree that usually grows along the river).
3) the third translation of Lau is (tall) building.
4) waterfall

Chinese isn't especially rich in vocabulary. In fact, their language has a definite DEARTH of vocabulary. HOWEVER, they are RICH in the use of TONES.

Mandarin Tones: http://www.chinese-lessons.com/conversion/toneConversion.htm
Mandarin is more of a super-group of dialects than a single language. For simplicity, Beijing area Mandarin will be assumed when using the term Mandarin throughout the website.
Mandarin, the basis of putonghua , has a complicated relationship to Middle Chinese. In this dialect there are 4 standard tones and a neutral 5th tone. Because of this, many of the Middle Chinese tone categories are merged. Additionally, both Category 7 (Ru-Yin) and Category 8 (Ru-Yang) are distributed among the modern Mandarin tones in a complicated manner.
Middle Chinese
Ping = Even
Shang = Rising
Qu = Leaving
Ru = Entering
Mandarin Tone
1 - High tone
2 - Rising tone
3- Dipping tone
4- Falling tone
Variations between three and four

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I took Cantonese WAY back when and I learned that there are actually 14 tones. THEY "toned" how you spoke to people. Each of the tones specified an attitude.
It's as complicated as OUR vocabulary.

I figured that this was one of the many reasons why Chinese have such a difficult time with NON-Chinese languages. They have to TOSS out their entire repertory of TONES...then learn English.

Example: Chinese, when learning English, DON'T raise their voice in tone when asking a question. One is SUPPOSED to slightly raise the tone for a question...and conversely LOWER for the end of a sentence.

22 posted on 05/13/2014 12:52:14 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

:o)


23 posted on 05/13/2014 1:20:41 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Stone cold sober, as a matter of fact.")
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I need a life too.

I've started in on plants. I have already killed half a dozen herbs but I do have the cutest flower pots.

One is about 3 inches long in the shape of a lady bug, in all its colors.
The other flower pot is a life-size orange tennis shoe. The next day after buying the one 'shoe' they had the second one. Now I have a "pair." It DID call to me. :o)

24 posted on 05/13/2014 1:51:12 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

R. David Lau is 39th in an unbroken chain of rabbis. His father was also Ashkenaz Chief Rabbi of Israel and a child survivor of the Holocaust. If there were Chinese relatives close enough related to lend their name, it would be very well-known.


25 posted on 05/13/2014 3:17:24 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto
R. David Lau is 39th in an unbroken chain of rabbis. His father was also Ashkenaz Chief Rabbi of Israel and a child survivor of the Holocaust. If there were Chinese relatives close enough related to lend their name, it would be very well-known.

Very true. Thanks for the information.

I had NEVER heard of "Lau" being anything other than a Chinese name. But, I do live on the West Coast of the USA and there are PLENTY of Chinese here.

LIVE and LEARN.

26 posted on 05/13/2014 7:45:23 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Heck, there are lots of Laus in rural Iowa, where Chinese and Jews are likely tourists or lost college students. Fairly common German or Dutch Christian surname too, it seems.


27 posted on 05/13/2014 7:53:22 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto
Heck, there are lots of Laus in rural Iowa, where Chinese and Jews are likely tourists or lost college students. Fairly common German or Dutch Christian surname too, it seems.

Well, hesh mah moufth and call me stupid.

28 posted on 05/13/2014 9:01:47 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

Legendary baseball hitting coach Charlie Lau.

29 posted on 05/14/2014 12:24:39 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto
Another Lau.

Is the Hawaiian Hooky Lau part of that? :o)

30 posted on 05/14/2014 5:53:24 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Salvation

Amen and God bless the Rabbi too! What a beautiful gesture and he’s right. The Pope should see him.


31 posted on 05/14/2014 5:57:13 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Tax-chick

Yes that’s right, either way his faith will be rewarded. Either in this life or the one to come.


32 posted on 05/14/2014 5:58:06 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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