Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Last July we posted a story about Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman, founder of Migdal Ohr, a network of organizations and the Migdal HaEmek youth village that provide social and educational programs for a wide range of religious and secular Israelis.
That story told of a unique situation during the second Lebanon war where 700 Israeli paratroopers, packed in an uncomfortable tank hangar on an army base, were invited by Rabbi Grossman to his youth village where he told the group "Guys, everyone into the pool!" After enjoying a cooling swim, the rabbi, who is often described as saintly, joined the paratroopers in singing, dancing, a barbecue, and writing the last few letters in a new Torah scroll.
Last week, Rabbi Grossman met and danced with a group of students touring Israel who were chosen for their future leadership potential on college campuses and communities all around the world. They were promoting the Shabbat.com website, which links visitors seeking a Shabbat meal with hosts in 1700 cities in 70 countries.
In the video below, you'll see the students singing and clapping for three minutes, at which point Rabbi Grossman couldn't resist and joined in the dancing, in another example of how it's possible for Haredi, modern observant, and secular Jews to rejoice in what they have in common. Enjoy!
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