September 26, 2006

My Return from Uman

Filed under: deep reflections — Reb Moshe @ 12:22 am

Well it was an easy trip on the way going but coming back was very hard. I just returned today from Uman and I have a new video I took there for all of you! Leshana Tova! I will wait another day to see if those people I met on the steet who visited the website previously send me pictures that I can add to the video.

I met followers of ilovetorah from every walk of life. From people whom this was their first Jewish experience to chassidim in strimel and stockings. I was walking the main street in uman when someone called out, “Reb Moshe, it’s me from Miami… I sent you an email once.” We talked and the next thing I knew it, I was in his apartment and we awoke his younger brother who is a big fan of ilovetorah. He was shocked when he opened his eyes and I stood there as many like him were looking to bump into me there in Uman. I just don’t know why everyone didn’t pre-arrange it beforehand. So we took pictures together and talked. Later on the way to prayers, in the street I bumped into another fan and we got to know each other each time we bumped into each other during Yom Tov.

The funniest story has to be the following. I was very dizzy because of my ear and throat so I went to the 24 clinic. After cleaning my ear, the doctor asked me, “your not Reb Moshe are you? I just donated to your website a few months back… I love your stuff.”

There were about 25,000 people in Uman and I had an exciting time. I got to meet people like Victor from Ukraine who traveled 10 hours by bus to join me for Rosh Hashanah, it was his first Jewish experience and we have been writing to each other about Judaism for 5 years via email.

Another story…
Before I left Israel, I went to the clinic and the secretary asked me to give a package to her husband in uman. So I carried it around with me as I was looking for a different friend of mine in the street. I decided to try to find my friends apartment so I went upstairs to the room I thought he was staying and guess who opened the door? The womans husband whos package I was holding. There are more then 200 apartments in Uman and the first one I knocked on was this ladies husband.

I needed light for havdalah and I was in the middle of kiddush. I started knocking on my neighbors doors and the one who opened was my upstairs neighbor here in Tzfat… What are the chances. He was right accross the hall!

3 Comments

  1. I’m happy you made it home well and safe. Thank you so much for your prayers.

    Comment by Jimmy — September 26, 2006 @ 3:23 am

  2. Thank you as well

    Comment by Reb Moshe — September 26, 2006 @ 9:43 am

  3. Oh wow…someone in Uman from Miami! Wonderful (I live in Miami) – I hope they returned back with some of the kedushah and can spread it around to the locals here. Miami is a nice place to be Jewish – the community is wonderful, B”H. But the influence of pritzus and materialism in South Florida is astounding; I noticed it even before becoming “religious” (I’m not from here). It really takes chizak to pay no mind to the calling of utter decadance here. B”H, more and more shirium and kollelim are popping up. Anyway, I hope all had safe travels and next Rosh Hashana, with G-d’s help we will no longer be in gallus.

    Comment by Rishona — October 5, 2006 @ 7:10 pm

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