Dreaming of Moshiach

Monday, September 25, 2006

It's Never Too Late...

A few minutes before Rosh Hashana ended on the 2nd day, an old man leaning on 2 walking sticks walked in to the central shul in Moscow - Bet Menachem Chabad Lubavitch. Young men rushed over to him to help him find a seat.[+/-] show/hide text

After the last prayer, Arvit/Maariv, the congregation welcomed him and inquired if he has ever been in the shul before. He said "This morning I was listening to the news and the announcer was reading a letter from Russia President Putin wishing the Jewish nation best wishes for the new year. I got excited and remembered that I am Jewish and felt an urge to go to a shul. In the morning, I set out on foot to a shul and now, I arrived".

He was asked how he found the shul and his answer astonished the congregants "The last time I was here was 81 years ago - when I celebrated my Bar Mitzvah. This shul used to be called Marina Roshze".

Professor Misha Rabinowitz is 94 years old. Till 3 years ago, he worked at one of the most respected universities in Moscow. Reb Baruch Beinish, himself a graduate of that university, was overwhelmed to see his professor from 10 years ago and they emotionally hugged each other.





והיה השם למלך על כל הארץ, ביום ההוא יהיה השם אחד - ושמו אחד ישתבח שמו לעד לנצח נצחים בכל העולמות Blessed is His name for eternity in all worlds אין עוד מלבדו