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A Tankist’s Life Saved by an Apparition


Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach told us this story in his own words.


“I would like to share with you a story about a holy soldier in Israel.


In 1966, a ‘sweet little Yiddele’ (a simple Jew) from Tel Aviv came to visit me and said:

“Please, could you get through to my son, he is a high officer in the army. He just hates, really hates Yiddishkeit. But now he has a new kind of craziness. In my house, in my dining room there is a big picture of my grandfather, a Yid (a Jew) with a long beard and a shtreimel. My son said that unless I take down that picture he refuses to come to my house. He said it is nauseating to him to think he is the grandson of such an idiot! What should I do with him?”


I was trying to get through to this officer. He was a very cute person, sweet like sugar. But I don’t know… He had some kind of block against religion. What could I do?




In 1967, after the 6-day war, one day the door opens. The yid from Tel Aviv walks in, with his son, the officer who was now wearing a little beard, side curls and tsitsit. He looked like a new person. I said: “What happened to you?” And this is what he said:


“I mentioned to you I am a tankist. During the 6- day war I was driving a tank in Sinai. Suddenly I see an Egyptian tank is on my tail followed by others, and I have to get as close to the other Israeli tanks as possible because I cannot fight Egyptian tanks all by myself. The closest to the other Israeli tanks is a straight line. I am driving as fast as I can. Suddenly in the middle of the road, I see a Jew, wearing a tallis and teffilin, praying! And you know what I think about religious people, they are crazy! I knew they are crazy, but that crazy, in the middle of a war? And here in the desert, standing there, PRAYING?!!


My first reaction was: “I should really run him over. But how can you run over another Jew? So I made a detour. The Egyptian tank didn’t make the detour and then drove right over the place where the Jew had been standing. It was blown up by a mine.


When I came back to my father’s house, I looked up at the picture of my grandfather. I recognized the face, it was him, my holy grandfather…who had come down from Heaven to protect me!


What an honor to have such a grandfather! “


From the book: Masters and Miracles – By Liliane Ritchie




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Little Josh was brought to Dr. Gill cause he hadn’t eaten anything for days. Dr. Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn’t work. A little pleading, to no avail. Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said, “Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You’re not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.” Josh just sat and glared for some time, then said “OK. I’ll eat but I have some conditions. First, I’ll have exactly what I want and exactly how I want it and second you’ll share with me.” Dr. Gill was OK with this. He asked the child what he’d like. “Worms!” said Josh. Dr. Gill was horrified but didn’t want to back out and seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of worms to be brought in. “Not that many, just one,” yelled Josh as he saw the plate. So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two pieces and then Dr. Gill eat half. Dr. Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, and after finishing, barely managing to keep his cool, said, “OK, now eat!” Josh refused as he sobbed, “No way! You ate my half!”