Rav Shach’s Assistant Converts to Yiddishkeit


Emil Manita, a Philippine who assisted Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach in his final years, recently converted and calls himself Emanuel ben Avrohom. He continues to help elderly Jews. But now, after helping them to put on tefillin in shul he also puts on a pair of his own.

“I grew up in the Philippines as a Christian,” he recounted. “In my childhood I was exposed to some Torah texts. When I came to Eretz Yisroel, I told myself that I wanted to examine where the truth was When I saw the Gedolei Torah from up close, the leadership of Torah scholars and those who observe the mitzvos, how they observe the mitzvos with deveikus… I felt there was something very real here, so I understood that Judaism is that which was given by Moshe on Har Sinai without any change.”

“I helped Rav Avrohom Kahaneman and then Rabbi Yechezkel Aschaik brought me to the home of Rav Shach who was in his final years,” he continued. “I saw in the leaders of the Gedolei Yisroel, even in their old age and their weakness, their special leadership and seriousness in the observance of mitzvos, the honor for Torah and moral and noble leadership of the ziknei hador. This aroused in me the feeling that there was something deeper, more upright, more original, and I began to get interested until I reached an inner desire to belong to the Jewish people and associated with its Torah. Today, my great thirst is to know more and more about the wisdom of the Torah and to gain its knowledge.”


{Matzav.com Israel News}



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