I Am Not Making This Up
I'm certainly a believer in the power of prayer, but in my opinion, this ad, from this week's Hamodia, takes the concept way too far. The text:
Now, I am certainly in support of donations to "help provide Jewish children with a Torah education". And I fully believe that giving Tzedakah is one of those good deeds that certainly couldn't hurt when it comes to ensuring God's protection. But for this instituition to solicit that sort of charity, and give this promise of safety in return as some kind of slam-dunk assurance of safe travel is, um...not something I would feel comfortable relying upon. The tone of the ad offers the protection against injury or accident as a bit too much of a sure bet, with language like "one way to make sure you get there safely", and "Shemirah Bidrachim prevents accidents from happening in the first place", and this testimonial, from a satisfied customer, to boot:There are many ways to get from Point A to Point B this summer.
There's one way to make sure you get there safely.
Ordinary insurance can provide financial insurance in case of an accident, but Shmirah Bidrachim prevents accidents from happening in the first place.
For just pennies a day, you and your family will receive the ultimate protection from harm while traveling.
For a minimal fee of 40 cents a day, two thousand children recite select tehillim and additional special tefilos of pretection for each policy holder.
In exchange, your fee will help provide a Jewish child with a License to Suceed in life by getting the best possible Torah education.
Shemirah Bedrachim is supported by leading Rabbonim including Hagaon Harav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, shlita, Hagaon Harav Ovadia Yosef, shlita, Hagaon Harav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, shlita, among others.
List of Benefits:
- Free Tefilas Haderech bookletFree Certificate of Protection
- Protect your family from harm while traveling
- Special 2-month Summer Package
- Help provide Jewish children with a Torah education
I was heading home during my regular evening commute from the hospital, when out of nowhere, a huge SUV slammed into the side of my car. It sounded like a bomb had detonated right next to me.
I don't remember much from the incident, but I should not have walked away without a scratch. But I did.
And I can only attribute it to my Shemirah Bidrachim Insurance Policy.
It saved my life.
Are we really to believe, as the language implies, that this protection is absolutely guaranteed? Well, not even the organization behind the offer believes that, apparently. The CYA fine print on the bottom of the ad makes that quite clear:
This agreement is a mere spiritual agreement! It does not constitute any grounds for the Insured to claim money from the Ashdod Mercaz Chinuch Project or anyone affiliated with this campaign.
People, if you are going to rely upon this particular insurance policy for your traveling safety this summer, I have a few tips that might boost the efficacy of your purchase: drive carefully, buckle up, and observe traffic laws.