US tourists pick up dinner tab for Israeli soldiers; why were the Americans grateful?

An Israeli soldier and his comrades were overwhelmed with gratitude when an American family traveling in Israel quietly picked up the bill for their dinner, saying he was “blown away” by the random act of kindness.

“Thank you for defending our homeland,” the Feman family of New Jersey wrote on the bill. “With great appreciation and love.”

The soldier sent a picture of the $90 bill to the website Humans of Judaism along with an explanation, saying it was touching to see a family from 6,000 miles away share such a “deep connection and care for us as soldiers.”


“This is a story that will touch your heart. I am a company leader stationed up north. This occurred on [Jewish fast day of] Tisha B’Av and I went with two fellow soldiers to break our fast in Rosh Pina [Northern Israel]. You can imagine how utterly hungry we were after working all day long. We ate our food and asked for the check. To our surprise a sweet American couple next to us had already paid for it. Needless to say we were blown away to see that there are fellow Jews 6,000 miles away who have such a deep connection and care for us as soldiers. The owner of the restaurant was deep in shock by this act and gave them dessert on the house”


Apparently this spontaneous act of appreciation wasn’t an isolated case for the Feman family during their time in Israel, according to The Blaze. The family picked up the tab for multiple soldiers while they toured the country this summer.

“[They were] quite reluctant” to talk about it, Humans of Judaism website founder Nikki Schreiber told The Blaze. “But the only reason they agreed to allow it to be posted publicly was in the hopes to inspire others to do the same – which they very much did.”

When the picture began to attract attention on Facebook, the Feman family continued to show great humility.

“We are honored that this went viral but honestly did not think much of it when we did the act,” David Feman wrote on Facebook.

He might not have thought much of it, but for soldiers who receive a little kindness from strangers, it can often mean the world.

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