By now, most Floridians and many Americans have heard of the chainsaw-wielding nun, Sister Margaret Ann, who was caught on tape by the Miami-Dade police clearing debris after Hurricane Irma.
When police told her that others would come clear the trees, the sister and school principal responded that the trees were dangerous and couldn’t wait to be cleared. “We teach our students: Do what you can to help other people, don’t think about yourselves. That’s what I wanted to do,” she told reporters.
In Texas, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, staff and congregants of the United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston rescued dozens of people — of all faiths — from their homes and brought them to non-flooded homes and shelters. The UOS itself is flooded and mostly unusable for the High Holidays this week.