Wife of Rabbi Avi Weiss Reunited With Yankee Stadium Hero Who Saved Her Life


pinstripes-yankeesThe New York Daily News reports: Reunited Thursday night with the hero in pinstripes who saved her from choking on food at Yankee Stadium, a Bronx rabbi’s wife exclaimed, “I would be dead without you.”

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you,” Toby Weiss told John Stone, the Army medic and Iraq veteran who rushed to her rescue during the first inning of Wednesday’s game. “Without you, I don’t know where I would be.”

Weiss, who is married to Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, invited Stone to pray at her synagogue.

“I’m just glad you’re okay, honestly,” Stone told Weiss when he visited her home Thursday night.

“We’re connected now,” Weiss, wearing a pink Yankees cap, told Stone. “It’s not a one-shot deal. I would be dead without you.”

Stone, 38, was sitting about 15 rows behind Weiss when she began choking on a piece of kosher London broil. Stone sprang into action and performed a life-saving Heimlich maneuver.

“I’m too young to die,” Weiss, 66, told Stone.

She insisted that Stone was heaven-sent.

“God sent me an angel,” said Weiss, noting that her unassuming hero was blushing over the praise.

She joked that she was “turning blue,” and Stone responded, “It’s colorful.”

A die-hard Yankees fan, Weiss decorates her Riverdale home with Bronx Bombers memorabilia – including a picture of herself with ex-Yankees skipper Joe Torre.

Her collection grew by two items after her rescue. The Yankees provided Weiss with a bobblehead doll and a team media guide after her brush with death.

The team moved Stone and his brother, an Army infantry soldier on leave from Afghanistan, to the front row and plied them with all the food and booze they could handle.

“I was so scared,” Toby Weiss said of her near-fatal encounter. “My husband kept saying, ‘Help us! Help us!’ That made me feel even more scared.

“I was really in trouble. I couldn’t swallow, and I couldn’t spit it out,” she said. “Then I saw those big hands around me.”

The Montville, Conn., man was making his first visit to the new Yankee Stadium.

“I thank God that he sent John to the Stadium that day,” said Weiss.

The phones were ringing off the hook at both the Weiss and Stone homes yesterday with calls of congratulations and thanks.

“If I had another baby, I’d name him John Stone – boy or girl,” Weiss told her rescuer. “Without you, I don’t know if I’d be here today.”

{NY Daily News/Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Baruch Hashem.
    How many of us know the procedures of First Aid? I am going to renew my first aid, CPR cards and listen this time around.
    “Saving one life is…..”

  2. I don’t know how we should be feeling about this particular story but we certainly should not be printing stories about him as if he were benign. He is doing more to damage to klal yisroel than Ahmenijad. He destoys Jewish souls while Ahmenijad is only after our bodies and probably causes many Jews to daven better.

  3. Was the London Broil Bais Yosef shechitah?

    Also, is she makpid on yoshon? Oh I forgot, it’s after Pesach, so yoshon is not an issue.

  4. Sorry the picture you had before should not have been replaced. It brings out the true hashkafos of Avi Weiss.

  5. Rav Weiss has been moser nefesh for decades. he has been arrested countless times and beaten in Poland near Auschwitz.You may differ with him, but honor him.

  6. Anonymous #12, that’s what makes him so dangerous. If a declared conservative ‘rabbi’ was moser nefesh that way you certainly wouldn’t accept his hashkofos just because of his mesiras nefesh. Weiss, however, hides his heretical views behind Torah words and insists that he is not today’s Moses Mendelsohn. You might believe him because of his mesiras nefesh but…

  7. Weiss chaining himself to the Soviet UN Mission to get himself arrested was no mesiras nefesh. It hurt the cause of Soviet Jewry.

  8. We may disagree with Avi Weiss, and his good intentions don’t excuse his poor worldview, but we can certainly be glad that his wife didn’t choke to death, chas v’sholom!

  9. I understand Rabbi Weiss is going to ordain John Stone as a Rabboy (Rabbi + goy) and he will be the new Rosh Yeshiva of Chovivei New Testament