Rabbi Benny’s story of the Israeli traveler who went on vacation in Thailand and all of a sudden found a Chabad house that changed the course of his trip (and life), resonate with me a-lot!
I don’t know what was the reasoning behind that traveler’s decision to change course. Whether it was the beautiful scripture stories that lured him, or the free-from-earthly-worries life that Rabbi presented, was what intrigued his rest-seeking soul. Though I feel connected to this traveler on many levels.
A 24 hours visit in Salt Lake City, turned 5 days stay at the back of a Chabad house, was not something I planned.
But after such welcome from an amazing group of people; from the loving Rabbi Benny Zippel, who figured out the human soul, and the fact that all it’s really longing for, no matter the age, is love, recognition and a frequent BIG hug, OR the “Israeli and American Jewish” couple that immediately bonded with us, and made the connection feel as if we’re friends from back home, OR the group of Israelis we crashed into their apartment, and made it clear for me what’s my version of “Melah ha’aretz”, the whole delay made total sense!
It’s very hard for feelings and sensations to cross the retina display these words are being read on, and penetrate the heart. But make no mistake, this which I just described was a divine experience no doubt!
The story of the traveler will stay with me long after this journey ends (and my wild imagination will continue to entertain the philosophical mind with the possible reasons for his choices).
Yet I, who not only found God, but actually meets him on a daily base, will remain in awe with the human experience, and continue to appreciate every minute of this great voyage we call Life.