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Jerusalem Besieged

Mishpacha Staff

The blizzard was still powerful on Shabbos morning, but our one-room beis medrash in Bayit V’Gan managed to scrape together a minyan as one by one our intrepid daveners trudged into the room, shook themselves off, and opened their siddurim.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Gradually it became clear that if any one had been entering the beis meddrash at the moment of the crash, his body would have been pulverized and crushed by the falling roof and its debris, and he too would have been part of that twisted mass. As a matter of fact, some latecomers were still arriving. Had the early arrivals come ten minutes later, or the latecomers ten minutes earlier, it might have been disastrous. It dawned on us that we had just been witness to a quiet and hidden miracle, an example of chasdei hahem.

We continued the davening in the darkness, but certain lines, such as Tehillim 147, part of our davening, suddenly became luminous: “nosein sheleg katzamer, He gives snow like fleece, He scatters frost like ashes; before His cold, who can stand?” And especially later, in the Amidah, did this phrase light up: “ v’al nisecha … We are grateful to You for the miracles that are daily with us, and for the wonders and kindnesses that are with us constantly, evening morning and afternoon….” Davening had again become a living, vivid experience for us.


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