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Saved by a Priest

Thursday, 14th June 2018

Saved by a Priest

By

Rabbi Chaim Morgenstern

 

Last week I wrote a story how an anti-Semitic goi brought a Jew back to his roots. In the following amazing story told by Rabbi Nachman Seltzer, a priest became Hashem’s shalich to do the job.

 

Jason Kaufman was brought by his mother to an interview with Father Richard Kelly, the principal at St. Bartholomew High School, a prestigious catholic school.  Jason wanted more than anything to get accepted to this school.  During the interview, Father Kelly said, " 'Kaufman’ sounds like a Jewish name.  Are you Jewish?"

Jason answered in the affirmative.  He was then startled when Father Kelly asked him if he knew the Hebrew alphabet.  Jason said he didn't.

Father Kelly noted how surprised he was that a Jewish boy did not know the Hebrew alphabet, and then said, "I will accept you to the school, but only on one condition - that you agree to study the Hebrew alphabet with me every day during lunch hour."

Jason naturally found it very strange that the Father would make such a condition, but he was thrilled to be accepted, and so he agreed.  Sure enough, each and every day Jason would sit with Father Kelly during lunch break studying the Alef-bet.  Toward the end of the year, Jason reached the point where he could read Hebrew. 

Father Kelly then asked Jason if he had ever heard of the Humash, and Jason answered in the negative.  The Father explained that the Humash is the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament, and he said he wanted to learn it with Jason.  Over the next couple of years, they completed the entire Humash with Rashi's commentary.  Jason was a very bright student and grasped the material very quickly.  He also found himself enjoying the learning.  When they completed the Humash, Father Kelly told Jason that they were going to study some Mishnah - the foundation of the oral tradition.

They studied some Mishnah each day, until one day when Jason walked into to the Father's office and found his book closed.

"Jason," Father Kelly said, "you've been an outstanding student, and you've mastered everything I taught you.  I feel you should continue your Jewish studies in a yeshiva, as I have taught you everything I know about Judaism.  You belong in a yeshiva, not here."

Jason heeded the Father's advice and enrolled in yeshiva.  There he was exposed to Gemara learning for the first time, and turned out to have a knack for it.  He loved every minute of learning and was thrilled with his new life.  Soon thereafter, he was fully observant.

That summer, he decided to visit St Bartholomew High School to meet with Father Kelly.  When the Father saw him, he extended a warm, enthusiastic greeting.

"How's it going?" he asked.  "What brings you here?"

"First of all," Jason said, "I came to thank you for what you've done for me.  Secondly, I wanted to ask you why you did this.  Why in the world would a priest devote so much time to teach a Jewish kid about his heritage and encourage him to study in yeshiva?"

"That's a very good question," Father Kelly said.  "You deserve a good answer."

The Father began telling Jason his story.  "I always knew I wanted to be a priest so I could have an impact on people's lives.  I joined a school where I studied for the priesthood, and everything was great.  The school had a tradition of sending students to Israel after several years of training for a year of growth and self-discovery.  When I was in Israel, I found myself in Jerusalem's Old City one Friday afternoon when suddenly a siren was heard.  All the stores closed early, and sometime later everybody came out wearing their finest clothing.  I saw fathers and sons walking together, all headed in the same direction.  I was taken by the sight and decided to follow them.  I watched as thousands of people gathered at the Western Wall to pray.  It was a sight to behold.  As I marveled at the awesome spectacle, I felt a tap on my shoulder.  A total stranger warmly asked if I had a place for dinner, and I said I did not.  He invited me, and I accepted the invitation. 

"After dinner, the man asked if I wanted to hear an inspiring lecture by a rabbi.  I once again agreed, and he brought me to a yeshiva called Aish HaTorah.  The class was electrifying.  I had never experienced anything like it.  I was blown away.  I decided to enroll in the yeshiva, where I was introduced to Rabbi Noah Weinberg, the head of the yeshiva.  I learned the Hebrew alphabet, and then Humashand some Mishnah.  The staff invested a great deal of time and effort teaching me, and I was very appreciative.

"As the year drew to a close, it came time for me to leave and return to my studies for the priesthood.  I didn't know how I would tell them that I wasn't Jewish, but I had to do it.  Eventually, I scheduled a meeting with the Rosh Yeshiva and I told him that I was leaving.  He asked why, and I explained to him that I was studying to be a priest.

"The Rabbi was furious.  'How could you do this to us!' he cried.  'How dare you!'  He was angry that I caused the yeshiva to waste their efforts teaching me, efforts that could have been invested in Jewish students.  He shouted, 'I will never forgive you for this, ever!'

"I was stunned and shaken to the core.  I wanted his forgiveness in the worst way.  I begged him, but he refused.  'I'm so sorry,' I said.  'Is there anything I can do so you will forgive me?'

"After giving it some thought, the Rabbi said, 'You are going to become a priest, and you will have many students.  One day, somebody will come to learn with you, either in your school or in your church, and although he will look like a non-Jew, you will know that he is Jewish.  I want you to teach him everything you know about Judaism, all that we taught you here, and make him observant.  When this happens, I will forgive you.'" 

Father Kelly looked at Jason and said, "You are that student.  I had been waiting years for this opportunity."

 

It is truly amazing how Hashem runs the world, how far He will go to bring back an unaffiliated Jew attending a Catholic high school.

 

A peaceful mind

Wednesday, 6th June 2018

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn.  It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him. After searching high and low among the hay for a long while, he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded. 

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance.

The farmer looked at him and thought, “Why not? After all, this kid looks sincere enough.” 
So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn.  After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! 

The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed. 

The boy replied, “I did nothing but sit on the ground and tried to listen.  In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for it in that direction.” 

A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind.  Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind and thoughts every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way it should be. 

Our actions!

Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Whatever we do as an individual affects the human race as a whole.

A classic example of this is quoted by the Midrash Rabbah in Vayikra, where a group of people were travelling together in a boat.

One of the passengers took out a drill and began drilling a hole in the floor of the boat.

When his fellow passengers began shouting and asking him why he was doing such a silly thing, he answered that it should be no concern of theirs, "it is under my seat"!

Our goal must be to look at the wider picture and make the world a better place for us all to live in, not to simply focus on ourselves.

Self-driving Israeli tech in 8 million cars

Thursday, 24th May 2018

Self-driving Israeli tech in 8 million cars

Thanks to Israeli company Mobileye, 8 million partially-automated cars will be hitting streets in 2021.

Click here to read more and watch the video

Changing the world

Thursday, 17th May 2018

When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. 

I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. 

When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. 

Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. 

 

A bowl of noodles

Wednesday, 9th May 2018

That night, Sue quarrelled with her mother, then stormed out of the house. While en route, she remembered that she did not have any money in her pocket, she did not even have enough coins to make a phone call home.

She went into a food shop. Picking up the sweet fragrance, she suddenly felt very hungry. She wished for a bowl of noodles, but she had no money!

The seller saw her standing hesitantly before the counter and asked:

– Hey little girl, you want to eat a bowl of noodles?

– But … but I do not have any money … she shyly replied.

– Okay, I’ll treat you – the seller said – come, I will cook you a bowl.

A few minutes later the owner brought her a steaming bowl of noodles. After eating a small amount, Sue cried.

– What is it? – He asked.

– Nothing. I am just touched by your kindness! – Sue said as she wiped her tears.

– Even a stranger on the street gives me a bowl of noodles, and my mother, after a quarrel, chased me out of the house. She is cruel!!

The seller sighed

– Girl, why do you think so? Think again. I only gave you a bowl of noodles and you felt that way. Your mother had raised you since you were little, why were you not grateful and disobeyed your mom?

Sue was really surprised after hearing that.

“Why did I not think of that? A bowl of noodles from a stranger made me feel indebted, and my mother has raised me since I was little and I have never felt so, even a little.”

On the way home, Sue thought in her head what she would say to her mother when she arrives home: “Mom, I’m sorry. I know it is my fault, please forgive me … ”

Once up the steps, Sue saw her mother worried and tired of looking for her everywhere. Upon seeing Sue, her mother gently said: “Sue, come inside honey. You are probably very hungry? I cooked rice and prepared the meal already, come eat while it is still hot …”

Sue couldn’t control any longer, Sue cried in her mom’s hands.

In life, we are sometimes easy to appreciate the small actions of some people around us, but for the relatives, especially parents, we see their sacrifices as a matter of natural …

Parental love and concern are the most precious gifts we have been given since birth.

Parents do not expect us to pay back for nurturing us …… but have we ever appreciated or treasured the unconditional sacrifice of our parents?

 

Lag B'Omer and the Fiery Power of Purpose

Tuesday, 1st May 2018

Lag B'Omer and the Fiery Power of Purpose

Every Jew is irreplaceable.

BY RABBI YAAKOV COHEN
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO

Teaching is Tiring (and worth it)

Thursday, 26th April 2018

Teaching is Tiring (and worth it)

Click the image below to watch this inspirational video

 

 

12,000 people forming one hopeful choir - Al Kol Eleh

Wednesday, 18th April 2018

12,000 people forming one hopeful choir.

Koolulam’s cover of "Al Kol Eleh" ("Over all of these")

Original song by Naomi Shemer

Click the image below to watch the video

 

Perseverance

Thursday, 12th April 2018

Colonel Sanders went to more than 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found an interested buyer. The fact that we can buy Kentucky Fried Chicken today attests to his perseverance. Thomas Edison tried almost 10,000 times before he succeeded in creating the electric light. If he had given up, you would be reading this in the dark!

The original business plan for what was to become Federal Express was given a failing grade on Fred Smith¹s college exam. And, in the early days, their employees would cash their pay cheques at retail stores, rather than banks. This meant it would take longer for the money to clear, thereby giving Fed Ex more time to cover their payroll.

Sylvester Stallone had been turned down a thousand times by agents and was down to his last $600 before he found a company that would produce Rocky. The rest is history! 

To truly succeed requires a total commitment to your goal. Too many people make the mistake of quitting just short of success. Keep going no matter what. If you really believe in what you are doing, give it all you’ve got and don’t give up.

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