Friday, / December 4, 2020

A Searching Teenager Becomes Rabbi to His Hometown

One afternoon in the mid-nineties, an unaffiliated teenager from Krefeld, Germany, signed onto his AOL account to find G-d. He typed the words “rabbi” and “Chabad” into the Instant Messenger tab. As results loaded, he systematically began contacting everyone who popped up with either of those monikers. A couple of clicks later, he befriended Rabbi Yehuda Tiechtel, Chabad’s representative to Berlin, 550 kilometers away. Questions and answers flew from modem to modem and soon a sustained conversation developed. Finally, the young man, his appetite whetted, made his way to study at the Mayanot Yeshiva in Israel.

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