A story of divine providence

Just over half a year ago, the Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Kazan in Russia was approached by a friend who knew of a person who had somehow received an antique piece of parchment. The parchment was found buried in the midst of a forest in Belarus, under the rubble of what was once a Jewish village that was brutally destroyed during the Second World War, and all its inhabitance murdered.

The person holding the parchment, could not be convinced to return it even after being told that it was not a good idea to keep it at home. But suddenly, on Thursday night the 15th of the month of Eyar, he decided that he had to return it straight away, now!

He contacted his friend who contacted the Rabbi, and the next day, only an hour before Shabbat came in, the parchment arrived at the Synagogue of Kazan. When Rabbi Yitzchak Gorelik opened the parchment he was shocked: the parchment belonged exactly to the segment of the Torah that was going to be read that week, only once every year, the ‘Parsha’ of ‘Emor’.

The parchment had returned just on time.

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