Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Unlikely Messenger


Sarah was a bright and quiet child. She was raised in a secular Jewish home amongst thousands of religious Jews in Brooklyn, New York.
 
At an early age, Sarah found an outlet for her kind but shy nature though an affinity and love that she felt for animals. Her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian.
 
It was the 1970's and Sarah was finding it impossible to get accepted into veterinary school. It seemed that although her grades were excellent, she had two strikes against her - she was a woman, and she was a Jew.
 
When Sarah was finally accepted into a veterinary school in Italy, she had her choice of two locations. She chose the campus that she did for an interesting reason. The campus was located in a certain province where a "saint" named Francis was buried. Sarah knew from her secular reading that Francis was known for his kindness to animals - so that's where she wanted to be. 
 
Apparently even the German's had had some respect or maybe some fear of Francis; and during the war, they were careful not to drop any bombs over his tomb. For that reason, the place became an ideal spot for Jews to flee to and hide in during the war. 
 
One night, not long after Sarah moved in. There was a knock at the door. Not knowing anybody Sarah wondered who it could be. Hesitantly, she opened the door and standing before her were a police officer and a priest. Sarah didn't speak Italian very well but she understood that they wanted to know if she was Jewish. She told them that she was and they motioned to her to get into a car that was waiting in front of the house. 
 
Sarah was frightened and so she did what she was told. She got into the car and they left. She had no idea where she was being taken and neither did anybody else. 
 
It wasn't long before Sarah knew that she was in trouble. She saw a box next to her that contained several very large and sharp looking knives. 
 
The car made its way through remote mountain roads. It seemed like an eternity had passed before they arrived at their destination. The priest motioned to Sarah to get out of the car. They took the knives with them and using flashlights, they walked through the woods - stopping at the bank of a river...Continue here...

Looking for another good read? Here a few of my favorite writers:

By Rabbi Shalom Arush - Wisdom of Sinai

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Like a Rolling Stone

By Rabbi Dovid Sears - Breslev Customs for Shavuot

By Rabbi Lazer Brody - Love for Love 

Have a Chag Sameach, a happy Shavuot and may you and your loved ones see only the greatest blessings in your lives!

Dr. Zev Ballen