Shemiras Shabbos Saved Life of Poland’s Chief Rabbi


michael-schudrichA Jewish delegation from Poland, including the American-born Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, was spared from certain death by refusing to violate the Shabbos to fly with President Lech Kaczynski. As we’ve been reporting here on, the president, his wife, his military chief of staff and senior political leaders were killed on Shabbos when the plane crashed en route to a Russian city.

The Jewish delegation was supposed to fly with the president, according to Warsaw Rabbi Meir Stembler. “The delegation canceled its participation after it was understood that that plane was to fly on Shabbos,” he said. “They planned to say Kaddish at the planned commemoration ceremony in a Russian city, marking 70 years since the Soviet murder of 20,000 Poles.”

Rabbi Stembler said that President Kaczynski was personally responsible for helping with the construction of a Jewish museum in the location of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw and which is to be dedicated in the near future. President Kaczynski helped promote and encourage the building project when he was mayor of Warsaw and continued his efforts as president.

Read the full report at Arutz Shevah.

{Arutz Shevah/Yair Israel}