NEW YORK (VINnews) — Chazan Zvi Greenheim, who serves as the chazan of the Beit Knesset Hagadol (Great Shul) in Tel Aviv, was returning this week from Miami to Tel Aviv on a direct flight. During the course of the flight, Greenheim had a discussion with one of the cabin attendants which led to an unusual Bar Mitzva celebration taking place in the clouds.
Greenheim described how “a nice cabin attendant came over and asked me to pray for a certain medical issue.
“I asked him if he was Jewish and he said that he was gentile. I asked him if his mother was Jewish and he replied that she wasn’t but his mother’s mother was Jewish. In fact we found a new Jew on the plane.”
במטוס בדרך חזרה ממימאי לתל אביב הדייל הנחמד הזה ניגש אליי וביקש שאני יתפלל עליו באיזה עניין רפואי.
ישר שאלתי אותו אם הוא יהודי ואמר שהוא נוצרי.
שאלתי אותו אם אמא שלו יהודיה ואמר שלא אבל אמא של אמא של אמא שלו יהודיה, בקיצור גילינו יהודי חדש.
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Greenheim explained to him that he was halachically Jewish and required to keep mitzvot and asked him if he wanted to put on Tefillin. The man agreed and Greenheim made a modest Bar Mitzvah celebration for him.
He concluded “Happy are we that we merited making a Bar Mitzvah for this dear Jew.”