Importance of giving back
Robert Ingersoll said, “We rise by lifting others.” A community can benefit from good people who make it their mission in life to set aside their own needs and desires only to exalt others. Shalom Lamm is a great example of someone who could just have gone to college, built a career and left it at that. However, it was the Jew whose call he answered. A call from beyond the grave and through the tears of their families.
Shalom Lamm’s heart for the community
Lamm earned a degree in philosophy from Yeshiva University in New York City and began a career in real estate from there. He later earned a Masters in US Military History from American Military University in Virginia.
He was touched by Jewish families who lost loved ones during World War II and were never properly buried. Out of this tragedy, Operation Benjamin was born. Operation Benjamin “sees to it that the fallen heroes are buried under the Star of David.” The non-profit organization has been run successfully and there are no costs for the families it helps.
Jewish burial under the Star of David is vital to the Jewish faith. Fallen Jewish soldiers were never properly buried.
For generations, Jewish families had to sit with the sad fact that loved ones were mistakenly buried. Operation Benjamin, through precise and thorough genealogical research, managed to change the grave markings of all Jewish soldiers buried under crosses, “but there could be hundreds more”.
Operation Benjamin isn’t the only volunteer work Lamm does. He and his wife, Tina, “started an initiative” to provide Jewish communities in Kiev with thousands of non-perishable goods. During the 2020 pandemic, he initially pushed for safety as the coronavirus claimed lives and it was important to continue to have museums available to educate the masses.
Giving back may not be very popular, but it does benefit humanity, and Lamm understands this. Others like Lamm understand this concept as well. When a community is suffering and has no answers, sometimes it is a person who comes up with the idea to give something back, be it food or helping pay someone else’s rent. It will instill a warm goodness in their hearts. It doesn’t take much. Kindness can begin with a person handing out canned food or helping single parents. It can inspire a nation.
Lamm is one of many examples of the “silent hero”. But anyone could be when they see the value of the act of kindness, and they may not want others to praise them, but only the act of giving back will never go unnoticed by those who are being helped.