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Watch out for taxi drivers

Friday, 18 February, 2011 - 2:36 am

Dear Friends,

Like everyone else, a Rabbi can find himself in all kinds of situations, sometimes even strange and unusual ones.

This week, for example, I found myself in a very strange situation.

There was some electrical work being done at our Learning Center in Zug, and one of the electricians, a young and friendly guy, approached me and asked if he can speak to me privately.

Of course I agreed.

He kindly asked me to wait for his colleague to leave the room.

I thought he will ask me about myself, where I am from, what I’m doing here or similar questions which I am already used to.

However, the man surprised me, he sat down with me and started telling me a whole monologue about himself, how even though he is catholic, he doesn’t feel comfortable enough to go to a priest and say what is on his heart, and it is bothering him. He doesn’t feel right. He is asking me if I can give him some suggestions and convince him to make that step and approach his priest…

Nu, what am I supposed to tell him as a Rabbi?

I spoke to him and answered him to the best of my ability. Deep inside I couldn’t help but admire him for the fact that he cares about his spiritual situation.


On the other side, allow me to share with you an interesting story, this time from within our Jewish community, which happened to me this week:

For the past few months I am in email contact with a Jewish man who is living in Zug, and as much as we tried, we never managed to meet until now.

This week it finally happened.

I walked into his spacious office, and took a seat opposite him in the beautiful meeting room. Here I met a very nice, friendly and warm Jew, whose parents were holocaust survivors, and he himself already has the pleasure of seeing his own grandchildren. A man full of Jewish emotions.

He asked his secretary to serve us some snacks, and she brings out Israeli wafers! It turns out that he had brought back kosher wafers from London a couple of days earlier, so that the Rabbi coming to meet him will be able to have a snack. Really thoughtful of him.

During our conversation, I started thinking to myself, one second, how did we even hear of each other?

This is the story he tells me:

A couple of months back, he was riding a taxi in Zug, while talking to his wife in Hebrew. To their surprise the taxi driver mixes into their conversation, in a nice Hebrew.

When they asked him, where a local taxi driver knows Hebrew from, he answered that he was Jewish and his mother is Israeli.

The conversation continues and my new friend asks the driver about the local Jewish community, and that he would like to make contact with the Rabbi. Do you know him? He asks the driver.

To which the driver answers, of course! At the next red light, he sends me an email from his mobile device that he has just met a new Jew in Zug and here are the contact details…

Before they arrived to their destination, still in the taxi, they received an answer from me…

And this is how we got connected. Though it took a few months, we finally met this week.


The moral of the story – Try not to speak Hebrew in a taxi if you prefer not to meet the Rabbi :-)

However, if you wouldn’t mind meeting him, and generally, if you are interested in a nice, friendly, Jewish taxi driver in the area who speaks a couple of languages, you can find his info (as well as the info of other Jewish businesses in our community) under the following link:

Rivky and the children join me in wishing you Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Chaim


Comments on: Watch out for taxi drivers

Shalom Hazan wrote...

Beautiful post!
Best regards from Rome
The Hazans

Ben wrote...

Rabbi you are so inspiring and funny you add so much to our life
Rabbi you have become a mentor to all of our family, even Sara thinks a lot about you.
Thanks you, Shabbat Shalom form up North .

Itzik wrote...

Hi Chaim
for this young electrician iphone, as you might know, has found a solution. I don`t know how much the app costs, but you can confess to it, and even delete it later!

gut Schabbes