The reason I survived

The reason I survived

In Crown Heights, there was a Jew, Yankel, who owned a bakery. He survived the camps. He used to say, “You know why I’m still alive today? I was a kid then, just a teenager. We were on a train, in a car, being brought to the train station,” he said. Camp Auschwitz Night came and it was freezing, freezing cold, in that van The Germans would leave their cars on the side of the tracks overnight, sometimes for days without food, and of course, no there are blankets to keep us warm,” he said. “Sitting beside me was an elderly Jew – this dear old Jew – from my hometown I recognized, but I had never seen him like this. He was shaking from head to toe. his legs, and he looked terrible, so I put my arms around him and started rubbing him, to warm him up. I rubbed his hands, feet, face, neck. I begged him to stay. All night long; I kept the man warm in this way. I’m tired, I’m freezing cold, my fingers are numb, but I still don’t stop rubbing the heat on this man’s body. Hours passed this way. Finally, the night was over, it was morning, and the sun started to come out. There was a slight warmth in the cabin, and then I looked around the car to see several other Jews in the car. To my horror, all I could see were frozen bodies, and all I could hear was a dead silence. No one else in that chalet made it through the night – they died of the frost. Only two people survived: the old man and the old man survived because someone kept him warm; I’m alive because I’m warming others.. “Let me tell you the secret of Judaism. When you warm other people’s hearts, you keep yourself warm. When you seek support , encourage and inspire others; then you discover support, encouragement and Inspiration in your own life My friends, that is “Judaism 101”.

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