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Chana Sorele Teitelbaum

As some of us embark on a trip to the beach, and others fly across seas, Family First spoke to several frequent globetrotters to discover their one can’t-be-without item (other than a siddur, which was number one on everyone’s list)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

suitcaseRebbetzin Esther Jungreis, Lawrence, NY

International calling: Lecturer and founder of Hineni, an international kiruv organization.

Travel destinations: US, South Africa, Eretz Yisrael, Australia, UK, Eastern and Western Europe.

Can’t be without: My Tehillim.

I have a special connection with this Sefer Tehillim. One of my daughters bought it for me years ago when I was giving a series of speeches along the Israeli border — then a war zone. I’ve been given many nicer ones since, which I sometimes take along as well for their larger print or in case of a torn page. So tattered and worn is my Tehillim that someone once took a photo of it when I davened while waiting for a meal in a restaurant! I say different prakim in different situations; when I daven by my zeide, the Menuchas Osher ztz”l, in Hungary, I say the prakim he recommended as a segulah for hatzlachah (kapitlach 72 and 80).

Once I was traveling … and I was headed to Fort Hood, Texas, the largest army base in America. When passing through security at the base, I put my bag on the conveyor belt and walked through the metal detector, Tehillim in hand. I triggered the sensor. The security staff suggested I put the Tehillim down and, as soon as I did, there was no longer a buzz. Examining the pages curiously, they asked me what it was. I answered, “I have Jewish ammunition. It’s called the Book of Psalms, written by King David.”


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