Rav Ronen Neuwirth, previously Rabbi of Bnei Akiva of the U.S. and Canada, wrote a post this week on Facebook about something very special that happened to him while he was travelling abroad:

Last Friday I flew from New York to Memphis where I was staying as a guest speaker for Shabbat. During the flight, I held my Gemara and learned from it.

Suddenly, the flight attendant approached me and asked me – “In what language is that written?”

I replied – “Hebrew”

She asked me – “You’re from Israel?”

I replied – “Of course!”

Immediately she gasped, and looked at me emotionally and with tears in her eyes said: “We love you so much! You are the light of the world! The barbaric terror raging in the streets pains us, and every day I pray to G-d to help you!”.

I was also moved by this surprising gesture. The tears in her eyes ensured my eyes didn’t remain dry…

Indeed, not everyone hates us. There are many who love us ….

Below is his original post on Facebook, which we translated into English above:

בשישי האחרון טסתי מניו יורק לממפיס שם התארחתי כמרצה אורח בשבת. במהלך הטיסה החזקתי בידי גמרא ולמדתי מתוכה. לפתע ניגשת אל…

Posted by Ronen Neuwirth on Sunday, 13 March 2016

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