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Kiddush Hashem in Shannon Airport, Ireland

World renowned Hasidic philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles paid $50 per meal for approximately 400 U.S. Soldiers at an airport in Shannon, Ireland.

Rechnitz saw them eating standard army food while all the other passengers in the terminal were eating in trendy and appetizing restaurants. He then asked their commander if he could give them something extra. Rechnitz also offered words of appreciation to the soldiers after the commander agreed. This is a short video of Rechnitz’s speech to the soldiers:

Rechnitz is known for his philanthropic pursuits and reportedly spends a half of his day overseeing his charitable foundation which distributes funds to over 1,100 institutions yearly. He is also known in the Los Angeles area where he lives for opening his home every Saturday night to listen to the poor and needy and offer them charity.

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