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10 years before we knew....

10 years before we knew....

Friday, 7 June, 2013 - 4:25 pm

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This Shabbat Chani and I will celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. In addition we will mark four years since we had discovered a connection we didn't know we had...

It was in June of 2009, Shabbat before I went to New York to mark the Yahrtzeit of our Rebbe, of righteous memory, I was sitting with my children trying to describe to them my extraordinary meetings with the Rebbe as a child, and what an impact it had on my life.

I went to my album to take the one and only picture I have from these meetings and then I decided to bring Chani's only picture as well.

My children were curious to know the date of the meetings. I turned the pictures over and "21 of Shevat 5752" (January 27, 1992) was the date on both of them. 10 years before we met each other for the first time, we went to ask for the Rebbe's blessing and that's the only picture we both have with a great Jewish leader of our time.

Tomorrow Chani and I will be thanking G-d for the blessings He showered upon us since our marriage 11 years ago, but we will be well aware that our destiny was tied together long before we knew it...

Comments on: 10 years before we knew....
6/7/2013

Rotem and Yuval wrote...

Mazal Tov and to many more in health, love and nachat
6/7/2013

Don Morris wrote...

Bashert. Baruch Hashem.
Congratulations!
6/7/2013

lindy shortt wrote...

Mazaltov Rabbi Kaplan and Chani! May Hashem grant you many ,many more very happy anniversariies that you will celebrate together with your children and Victoria Meshpahchah!

May you continue to live the Rebbe's vision and may we, Yidden of Victoria, be the beneficiaries of it until the arrival of Moshiach!

With great fondness and a gut Shabbos,

Shmuel and Lindy
6/7/2013

Elisheva wrote...

Mazal tov!! May you have many more together!
6/7/2013

Inna & Alex wrote...

Mazal Tov, Rabbi and Chani. May all the years of your lives be filled with love, health , joys and nachas.
With friendship and admiration for your untiring work on behalf of all jewish people.
Alex & Inna.
6/8/2013

Gerald B. Stanford wrote...

Mazel Tov, Mazel Tov Rabbi Meir and Chani. May your lives continue to be filled with the Rebbe's blessings and may your lives be filled with Love, Health, Joy and nachas. May You have many more, and may you continue your wonderful work for the Jewish people and your congregation.
With Love, friendship and admiration for You Both and all your work for us.
Noemi and Gerry
6/8/2013

Elissa Joy ( EJ) Shames wrote...

What a great story. Amazing how you were both in the same place at the same time.. and did not know it. Hashem works in mysterious ways!!

Mazel Tov on your 11th Anniversary! May you and Chani continue to love and cherish each other..

Tonight. farrrr away in Mississauga Ont. I was at Rabbi and Sarah Slavin's house for dinner with my family and their family. it was a wonderful night... and They just had their 12th anniversary.. and we were talking all about your family and Chabad in Victoria.. how wonderful you are all!!

Mazel Tov again.
Elissa ( EJ) Joy
6/8/2013

The Browns wrote...

Mazel Tov!!
Such a wonderful story of synchronicity.
11 years of creating a beautiful union of family
And community and sharing and spreading the love.
Deep Gratitude and Appreatiation Always
Love The Brown Family
6/11/2013

Elisabeth Gelb wrote...

Dear Rabbi and Rebbetzin Chani,
Mazel Tov! Our best wishes for excellent health, joy, nachas and success. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. They are poignant and inspiring.
Warmest regards,
Elisabeth and George