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A Ring Found in Ruby Lake

Friday, 3 September, 2010 - 9:30 pm

In the Kiddush following Services last Shabbat, Alex Smolov was very emotional when sharing his recent experience. Here is his amazing story:

"Last week Ina and I joined some of our friends in Vancouver in honour of my birthday, to spend the weekend in Ruby Lake on the Sunshine Coast. A woman who joined us was diving in the shallow part on the lake, and came out with a treasure in her hand".

When we came closer we saw she was holding a silver ring in her hand. "It says something on it”, she said, "but I can't read a word, it seems to be in some foreign language".

I looked at the ring and I was stunned! Let me tell you a little bit about myself", Alex continued "I was born in Chernivtsi Ukraine. Although I remember with admiration my grandfather putting on Tefillin every single day, growing up in the soviet society we had very little, if any, Jewish education.

"Since the Kaplans came to the Island my interest in learning more about Judaism grew, and I found myself wanting to connect deeper with our heritage. I started attending classes and services. Two years ago I taught myself to read Hebrew".

"Now, when I looked at the ring I was shocked to my core. Its said in large Hebrew letters "Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad". I couldn't believe it, here, at the end of the world, on the day of my birthday, there is a ring with Hebrew words awaiting me!

"Aside from being a most wonderful birthday gift" Alex concluded "It is a reminder; reminding us that we can't escape G-d's presence even in the Sunshine Coast and an encouragement to all of us to do more to earn our inherited connection to Yiddishkeit".

Everyone at the kiddush was overwhelmed by the Devine providence of the story. Another L'chaim was poured, we started singing all together "Shema Yisrael" while Alex wiped his tears...

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