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A promise kept

Friday, 13 August, 2010 - 6:25 pm

It was last Friday, when I emailed from a distance - to our dear friends Dr. Mark and Catherine Lupin and the family - our wishes for the Bar Mitzvah celebration of their son Alex. In my letter I promised that we will be saying L'Chaim on Shabbat here in Michigan for this occasion.

 Shabbat came and was about to leave and I forgot to keep my promise... About one hour before Shabbat was over, while standing in Shul, a man walks over to me "Are you Rabbi Kaplan from Victoria?" To my positive response he continued to ask "do you know Dr. Lupin?" to which I replied "I can't belive it! You just reminded me about my promise to them! How do YOU know them?!"

"Mark is my cousin, in fact his mother came to my Bar Mitzvah" he answered, and before I knew it I was listening to the amazing story of Mark's grandfather Mr. Rosen, who brought the entire family to a safe heaven before the Nazis came to power. "If not for his generosity I would not have been here today" he completed the family story. Then, we sat down to say L'Chaim...

 Not only did I, thank G-d, keep my promise to celebrate Alex's Bar Mitzvah, I even did it with relatives...

Comments on: A promise kept

Fiona Prince (Morah Feygah) wrote...

Amazing story. As always, thank for sharing your inspirational experiences.

Good Shabbos.