When a Lubavitcher Discovers That the Priest is Jewish

While leading a group of tourists through Kever Dovid Hamelech, a priest remarked that he was born to Jewish parents, Holocaust survivors. A Lubavitcher bochur overheard, and this was the result…

By Anash.org reporter

No Jew is ever too far gone.

A priest, wearing the clothes of his religious group, was leading a group through the complex of Kever Dovid Hamelech, a site revered by Yidden and lehavdil others as well. During his tour, he mentioned that he was born to Jewish parents, and they had survived the Holocaust.

The comment was overheard by a Lubavitcher bochur who was nearby. When he heard that, he knew exactly what to do.

He approached the priest, and ignoring the cloak, hat and sandals, he focused on the neshama underneath. He offered him a chance to put on tefillin, almost certainly for the first time in his life.

The priest wouldn’t removed his sleeve, but the bochur donned the tefilin shel rosh with him and said the bracha and shma yisroel, the same line his parents’ counterparts had said as they were being led to the gas chambers…

He even managed to get in a short dance of siman tov u’mazal tov for the “bar mitzvah” of the precious Yid, whose neshama was waiting to be discovered…

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